Family Entertainment in Chester (Self Guided), Chester

Chester offers fantastic opportunities for the whole family. Inside the city, parents and children alike will find places of interest, including but not limited to the Miniature Railway, Dewa Roman Experience and The Old Sweet Shop. Take a day out with the family and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, fun and pleasant memories for your children.
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Family Entertainment in Chester Map

Guide Name: Family Entertainment in Chester
Guide Location: England » Chester (See other walking tours in Chester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Blue Bell
  • Mrs Benson’s Traditional Sweet Shop
  • Dewa Roman Experience
  • Chester Quasar
  • Roman Gardens
  • Grosvenor Park
Blue Bell

1) Blue Bell

The Blue Bell is at 63–65 Northgate Street in Chester. Originally it consisted of two medieval houses which were joined together in the 18th century. The pavement runs through the ground floor storey of the northern part of the building, leaving a separate cabin or chamber between the pavement and the road.

The building dates from the mid to late 15th century, and is said to be the oldest surviving intact medieval house in Chester. It formed part of Lorimer's Row, a group of buildings with an arcade at ground level, as distinct from the Rows in the centre of the city whose walkways are at the first floor level. From an early date, the south part of the building has been an inn, its first license possibly dating from 1494. In the 19th century the southern part of the building was an inn while the northern part housed a shop. The inn closed in the 1930s. In 1948 the building was used as an antique shop but its condition deteriorated so much that it was threatened with demolition. In the 1950s the Chester Civic Trust campaigned for its survival, it was restored, and has since been used as a clothes shop and, more recently, as a restaurant.

The building is timber-framed on a sandstone plinth with brickwork added later which has subsequently been rendered and painted. The two buildings comprising the whole have separate frames each with roofs leading to gables over the street. At ground level the southern part of the building has an arcade open to the street with a pier to the south and an octagonal column south of the centre. The northern part has a separate cabin or chamber adjacent to the street with the walkway between its rear and the rest of the building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mrs Benson’s Traditional Sweet Shop

2) Mrs Benson’s Traditional Sweet Shop

Mrs Benson’s Traditional Sweet Shop is a famous shop and is as old as the city. The shop is loved by both locals and tourists. Here you will find any sweets you could imagine, including traditional bagged Sweets such as Bon Bons and Fruit Pips. Novelty chocolates such as Orange Chocolate Fish, Chocolate Rabbits and Chocolate Mice are also offered at The Old Sweet Shop.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Dewa Roman Experience

3) Dewa Roman Experience (must see)

Once upon a time, Romans built a Dewa fortress as part of their ever expanding empire. The fortress is buried under the city these days, yet families may venture across ancient grounds and see what it might have been like for Romans living in the time period. Here you will admire archaeological remains, such as pottery and Roman armor. Audio-visual presentation is also available.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (February to November); Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (December to January)
Chester Quasar

4) Chester Quasar

Chester Quasar is perfect place to play games. Here, children of all ages as well as adults can take the wonderful adventure of science fiction. Battle zones from the 21st century, laser weapons and other activities will truly make Chester Quasar a memorable stay. Make sure you visit the popular entertainment center.
Roman Gardens

5) Roman Gardens (must see)

Roman Gardens was formed in 1949 and offers a collection of Roman artifacts, columns and underfloor heating systems popular to ancient times. Visitors may follow the path in the park which runs from Pepper street to the river Dee. The park is generally very quiet and relaxing. It is a good spot to relax with children and learn more about the Roman influence on Chester.
Grosvenor Park

6) Grosvenor Park (must see)

Grosvenor Park is a public park in the city of Chester. It consists of 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land overlooking the River Dee. It is regarded as one of the finest and most complete examples of Victorian parks in the North West of England. The land, which formerly consisted of fields, was given to the city by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster. The Marquess also paid for the design of the park by Edward Kemp. It was laid out in 1865–66 and opened with great celebration in November 1867.

A number of cultural and horticultural events, including events in the Summer Music Festival, are held in the park. Also in the park is the Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway which was built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke of Westminster's railway at Eaton Hall. It has a gauge of 7.25 inches (18 cm) and a circuit of 0.25 miles (0.40 km).
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Chester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chester is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Chester is a city with wonderful churches, as the vast majority of the structures offer special architectural and cultural value (most Grade I or Grade II listed buildings). Visitors will admire the beauty of these religious structures, some of which date several centuries back. Additionally, the churches are active in the city life, providing religious services, organizing various events and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Chester's Black-And-White Architecture Tour

Chester's Black-And-White Architecture Tour

If you visit Chester the first thing you might notice is the magnificent black-and-white architecture. The Rows are unique in Great Britain, while the black-and-white revival and timber framing styles are prominent for Chester. These charming buildings will definitely catch your eyes and make your visit even more memorable.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Chester Introduction Walk

Chester Introduction Walk

Chester is a city with many worthwhile landmarks. Eastgate Clock, Chester Castle and Chester Roman Amphitheater are just a few of the wonderful sights in this fine city. So, if you're looking for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, travel along a route that takes you to the most remarkable spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Chester Museums and Art Galleries

Chester Museums and Art Galleries

Chester cultural and historical heritage is both rich and various. Thus, the museums and art galleries of the city are a must-visit. The popular attractions are well preserved, structured and easily one of the greatest entertainment and educational venues in Chester. Take this tour to experience and learn about everything Chester has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Chester's City Walls

Chester's City Walls

Chester is the only city in Great Britain that maintained the full circuit of its ancient defensive walls. The main access through the walls is provided by four major gates. There are also towers along the walls such as Water Tower and Bonewaldesthorne's Tower. Today, tourists may travel down the ancient walls and learn about the rich history of this magnificent city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Chester's Historical Architecture Tour

Chester's Historical Architecture Tour

Chester is a phenomenal city for fans of architecture. Here you will find interesting houses, rows and terraces. Additionally, the vast majority of the structures are listed by the English Heritage and include work from such famous architects as James Harrison, T.M. Penson, John Douglas and others.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles