Places to visit
Chester is full of things to do, and easily reached from Millmoor Farm – it’s just half an hour away. Chester is a city full of history but with modern facilities – and all on a manageable scale.
History – Chester was a major Roman city, and you can still walk around the walls (it takes just a couple of hours). It was a sea port in Roman times – the race course is where the harbour used to be.
The Civil War saw Chester become a Royalist stronghold, which eventually fell to Cromwell’s army after a long siege. Chester Cathedral has been recently refurbished, and is a lovely, calming place to visit. It has an unusual separate bell-tower.
The Grosvenor Museum brings the story of Chester to life and has many interesting exhibits, while The Deva Roman Experience is a museum with a difference – its ‘hands-on’ displays help you really understand what life was like in Roman times.
Chester Zoo is one of the top zoos in the world.
The Zoo is at the forefront of education, conservation and breeding programmes – but they make sure that everyone has fun at the same time as learning about animals.
The zoo’s mission is to be a major force in conserving the living world. To this aim the zoo currently cares for more than 500 different species – about half of which are endangered. Every effort goes into ensuring the highest standards of welfare and the best care is given to all of the animals, from the tiny snails to the tall giraffes.
At each habitat there are unique ways of learning about the animals too, by reading, touching and smelling the information panels. By simply observing we can all learn so much more about the animals, their natural habitats and what makes them so special and worth conserving.
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The zoo is very easily reached from Millmoor Farm, and is just minutes from the A55 Cheshire Ring Road – a great day out for all ages.
Chester has great shopping, both in and out of the historic Roman city walls.
The Rows are historic double-decker shops that date from medieval times, with a gallery level looking out over the street. There are many small shops here that are great to browse in; not just the large chains but smaller independent retailers as well.
The Grosvenor Shopping Centre in the city centre has all the big and exclusive names.
Whatever you need, Chester is sure to have it!
Farmers’ Market – Chester Regional Producers’ Market is held on the first Wednesday in every month, in the Town Hall Square, Chester.
Places to eat – Chester is packed with cafés, bars and restaurants. There’s every type of cuisine on offer – the Onion Ring is Cheshire’s own restaurant finder.