By Jessica Beck
Chester
United Kingdom
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Looking for a British town full of history with the authentic village feel?  Chester is your next travel destination.  This city’s black-and-white architecture, Gothic and Victorian inspired buildings, and the city’s wall makes Chester a truly unique place to visit.

EscapeWizard.com wants to help you get on your way to Chester.  There are no airports within the city walls of Chester, but Manchester International (MAN) is the closest airport to the city and from there you can easily rent a car or catch a train into Chester.  Simply click on the following link and allow EscapeWizard.com to take the hassle out of booking airfare, by offering budget-friendly deals (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  Also, while searching for airfare, check out EscapeWizard.com’s deals on hotels by clicking on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and allow us to search for the perfect accommodations to suit your every desire.

Chester has so much to offer the eager tourist.  This city has it all; whether you desire to spend a day along the riverside in a lush park, shop in the city’s unique shopping area, or soak up all the knowledge and history the city has to offer.  Chester has an interesting history dating back to the Roman era, surviving through the medieval period and the Industrial Revolution continuing to present day. This rich history is evident in its architecture and remnant structures, notably the Roman amphitheater right outside the city walls.

Grosvenor Park, located along the River Dee, is one of the most notorious examples of Victorian parks in the North West area of England. The park contains beautiful flower gardens, waterfalls, and fountains as well as fragments of medieval buildings—a reminder of the city’s vast history. An interesting aspect of the park is the Grosvenor Park Miniature Railways contained inside the park walls along a quarter-mile circuit.  If you enjoy the outdoors, EscapeWizard.com suggests that you also visit the Chester Zoo, located on the east side of the city.  It is the UK’s largest zoological garden, spanning over 400 acres.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to travel into the center of the city to its shopping area.  It is a unique experience, containing the Chester Rows.  The Rows, found along the four main streets of the city, are distinct to Britain.  These buildings’ two lowest stories serve as shops or other dwellings.  On the first floor, there is a covered walkway following along the shops, giving the window shopper a porch-like feel.  At ground level lies another set of shops and other dwellings, many of which have interesting crypt-like entrances, descending down a few steps leading into the vicinity.

The city walls, spanning a circuit of almost 2 miles, contain a footpath running along the top and crossing roads by bridges over the numerous gates and towers along the city.  The Eastgate Clock is a major attraction; it is thought to be the second most photographed clock next to Big Ben.  The cathedral and town hall are two of the most renowned buildings in the center of the city.  The cathedral, formerly named the church of St. Werburgh’s Abbey, contains architecture tracing back to the Norman era.  As a result of major restoration efforts over the decades and centuries, a separate bell tower was added. The cathedral’s choirstalls, with intricately and ornately carved canopies covering them, are seen as one of the greatest in the country.  There are many unique and quaint churches inside the city and along the outside of the city walls.  The town hall, built in a Gothic Revival style, contains a tower and a spire.  The city’s most important museum, the Grosvenor Museum, is an EscapeWizard.com favorite.  It contains Roman artifacts and tombstones as well as an elaborate art gallery.

Whether looking for a place to unwind at night or a place to dance through the night with friends, Chester provides it.  The city has many pubs and nightclubs, some of which reside in medieval buildings, sure to give you a unique nightlife experience. 

EscapeWizard.com assures you that you’ll fall in love with this English city and guarantees that there are a variety of activities and sites sure to suit your taste.
Hotels in Chester
By Tekisha Slack
Crowne Plaza Chester
Trinity Street, Chester, United Kingdom
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For a convenient location within the city walls of historic Chester, Choose the contemporary Crowne Plaza Chester hotel. Settle into your spacious room with cool air conditioning and calming green hues for a tranquil stay in the heart of Chester. You can browse the web with wireless Internet while plump pillows, Egyptian sheets and aromatherapy spray ensure a restful night. All Guest rooms at the Crowne Plaza Chester are non-smoking. Each of the rooms also includes standard room amenities like: connecting rooms, double glazed windows, an in room safe, individually controlled air conditioning, iron / ironing board, rollaway bed/cot, separate hanging closet, sofa-bed, trouser press, cable, in room movies, Premium Cable, and in room video check-in/out. 

Crowne Plaza Chester's Club Motivation spa has an indoor pool and a swirling spa tub, and you can go the extra mile with a personal trainer.

After a restful night in your spacious and comfortable room, head into the city for an inspiring stroll around Chester Cathedral or the crumbling Roman amphitheatre. The brick-built Crowne Plaza Chester hotel is within the old city walls, near to cutting-edge boutiques and traditional half-timbered buildings on the Rows' cobbled lanes. When you stay at the Crowne Plaza Chester Hotel, you're 40 minutes by car from Manchester International Airport and 35 minutes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Trains from London Euston arrive at Chester rail station, 1 mile away.

For dining options, savor a signature dessert like frangipane-flavored Chester tart in the horse racing-themed Silk's restaurant, which overlooks the city and the Welsh hills. The Crowne's Meetings Director also can organize business conferences and private dining. 

For a convenient location, spacious rooms and a wealth of amenities, the Crowne Plaza hotel is the perfect choice on your next visit to Chester.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your stay at the Crowne Plaza Chester hotel today. Just click on the link to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Chester
By Tekisha Slack
Holiday Inn Chester
Wrexham Road, Chester, United Kingdom
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The conveniently located Holiday Inn Chester-South is just 35 miles away from the Manchester Airport. After a smooth check-in, head to your spacious, brightly lit guest room for an invigorating power shower.  All of the rooms at the Holiday Inn Chester-South are air conditioned and have wireless Internet, making it easy to stay in touch.  You will also find tea and coffee making facilities in each room. Many standard room amenities are also included like: hairdryer, coffee maker, iron and board and bath amenities. Pay TV movies are also available on request. Check-in times are at 3:00 PM and check-out times are at 12:00 PM.

For business travelers, Holiday Inn Chester-South makes it easy to keep on top of work during your stay. Wireless Internet is available in all Guest rooms and public spaces. The Chester Business Park is next door and your meeting in the city centre is 2.5 miles away. The industrial town of Ellesmere Port, with major firms like Shell and General Motors, is 8 miles away.

You'll feel revived after a workout in the Spirit Health Club at Holiday Inn Chester South. The Spirit Health Club Fitness Centre at Holiday Inn Chester South features comprehensive aerobic and resistance training equipment in pleasant fully air-conditioned surroundings overlooking the hotel gardens and grounds. The Spirit Spa at Holiday Inn Chester South features a Spa and 15m Indoor Pool with Sauna and a Whirlpool to unwind and relax.

Sunday roasts and stunning views of Welsh mountains are on the menu at the Junction Restaurant, which also serves hot breakfasts. All kids under the age of 12 eat free from the Kids menu at the Junction. After a hot meal, you may head over to the reception desk and purchase tickets to the Chester Zoo at a discounted rate. Within the Terrace gardens, selections of games are provided for use.

On your next visit to Chester why not stay at the conveniently located and affordable Holiday Inn Chester-South. Use EscapeWizard.com to book your trip today. Just click on the link to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!
Hotels in Chester
By Jaclyn Bealer
DoubleTree by Hilton Chester Hotel & Spa
Warrington Road Hoole, Chester, United Kingdom
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Venture to the English west coast and settle in at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester Hotel & Spa. Set in the scenic countryside of historic Chester, this elegant hotel is surrounded by 12 acres of landscaped gardens and is only a few minutes from the city center. Whether you are flying or driving to Chester, the city is conveniently located just off the M53 and is only 40-minutes from both the Liverpool and Manchester airports. Check in is at 2 p.m. and when you arrive, the hotel's welcoming staff will greet you with a warm chocolate chip cookie.

WhatsCheaper.com knows that you'll appreciate the beauty in the carefully restored 18th century manor house that offers modern comforts and conveniences with traditional decor. Each of the 140 guest rooms and suites are elegantly furnished and feature Neutrogena bath amenities, luxurious Sweet Dreams® pillows, LCD TVs and complimentary internet access. Also, the hotel boasts a listing as a Grade II English Heritage conservatory as well as a full-service luxury spa. Be sure to sample the finest quality of dining at the Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Its menu features grilled and roasted meats, locally sourced steaks, fish mainboards, and classic English puddings.

When you're not in your elegant home away from home, explore the beautiful Chester city center and get a firsthand feel for landmarks dating back to ancient Roman times. If you're visiting with your family, spend a day at the Chester Zoo or Chester Racecourse. The city's convenient location also makes it easy to visit Liverpool and Manchester, two of England's most popular cities.

If you're looking for a mix of historic charm and contemporary amenities, the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester Hotel & Spa is a perfect selection. Let EscapeWizard.com help you book your reservation today by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).