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In the eyes of our very own fountains of Chester knowledge (aka Hotel Concierge), no visit to Chester is complete without packing this checklist neatly inside your suitcase and checking off all things Chester.

Firstly, accommodation
Though not biased, we're going to recommend the five-star Chester Grosvenor. Located on the city's famed Eastgate Street, adjacent to Eastgate Clock - the second most photographed clock in Britain (after Big Ben), our grande dame of a hotel is the perfect central location for a break to the city. View offers and packages here.

Chester Zoo
An explore of Chester Zoo is a must - with 15,000 animals and 500 different species, it's no surprise that Chester has been voted the UK's number one zoo. Watch out for tigers as you make your way through the bamboo forest, observe the macaques on Sulawesi and record the many different birds found in the Monsoon Forest. Cross the Dragon Bridge between Papua and Bali, and then take the Lazy River Boat Trip from Sumba.

Chester Cathedral
Our city is steeped in history, from the ancient city walls to the two-tiered shopping galleries known as the 'Rows'. At the heart of this culture lies Chester Cathedral - a special place which tells its own story. Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, our cathedral has a rich and varied history, and as you’ll discover, a diverse and exciting future. It's free to enter and promises to leave you wanting to know more from the moment you step through the entrance. 

River Dee