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Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

1. Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

From the moorings at The Groves, Chester, you will head upstream under the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge and past the city's rowing clubs. You will then follow the sweeping bend of the Earl's Eye, passing some stunning riverside properties, and turn around at the city limits. On the return journey, the commentary details the history behind some of the more interesting riverside buildings, and the city's rich Roman, Medieval, and industrial heritage. The cruises will then finish with a great view of Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge, before disembarking back at The Groves.

Chester: Sick to Death Museum Ticket

2. Chester: Sick to Death Museum Ticket

Explore Sick To Death - a brand new history of medicine attraction in Chester. It offers a playground of plague with a smatter of blood-splatter and a chance to poke into the history of medicine in a fun, interactive & unique learning experience. Prepare yourselves for bad smells, gross gore, a bit of magic and a lot of science and discovery. Meet the Grim Reaper and Asclepius, the ancient Greek God of medicine as they guide you through the weird and wonderful history of medicine. Explore the pestilence-ridden “Diagnosis Alley”, taking care to avoid the deadly diseases which lurk on every surface. Find the reason why autopsies were so important to furthering our understanding of the human body and maybe try performing one yourself, and much more.

From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

3. From Manchester: North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester Tour

The tour leaves Manchester in the morning and heads straight for the border of Wales. Conwy is the first stop of the day, one of the most picture-perfect harbor towns in the world. Here you can see a castle perched by the sea, the world's smallest house, and lots of cute restaurants serving up the best fish and chips. Venture along the winding, scenic roads of the Snowdonia National Park before arriving in Betws-Y-Coed. This quaint town is known as the gateway to Snowdonia and is famous for its alpine trees and cozy cafes. Chester is your next stop. This is one of England’s most historic towns and there is plenty to do here. It's advised to go straight to the ancient cathedral and learn about its remarkable past.

City Sightseeing Chester Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4. City Sightseeing Chester Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

No city in Britain is richer in terms of archaeological and architectural treasures than Chester, the Walled City on the River Dee. The City Sightseeing Chester Open Top Bus Tour will introduce you to the City Walls, the Cathedral, Roman Amphitheatre and much, much more. Discover how Chester has survived and prospered through the ebb and flow of history as you are transported around the city. Just as Chester's history has been linked with the River Dee, so it is with the Chester Tour. The bus crosses the Dee by both the Grosvenor and Old Dee Bridges and at The Groves provides a convenient connection with the river cruises operated by Bithell's Boats. The tour operates on a hop-on hop-off basis and your ticket is valid for 24 hours allowing you to stop off and visit any of the attractions on route.  Route • Chester Bus Interchange • Foregate Street - The Old Queen's Head • City Road - opposite the Premier Inn • Chester Railway Station - outside Town Crier Pub • St John the Baptist Church • The Groves • Pepper Street - Grosvenor Shopping Precinct • Grosvenor Street - Grosvenor Museum • Handbridge - St May's Church • Lower Bridge Street • Nicholas Street • Chester Racecourse - outside Holiday Inn Express

Chester: Dewa Roman Experience Ticket

5. Chester: Dewa Roman Experience Ticket

Deva Roman Discovery Centre is an interactive showcase of Roman Chester, designed for all ages and family members. Filled with stories from across the empire, genuine artefacts and have-a-go displays, our site presents historical information by putting you as the main character. Board our ship to travel back in time to the port of Roman Chester. Enter the fortress to find your identity and occupation - collect your pay and begin your life as a Roman. Wander through the streets where you will learn all about housing, soldiers, hygiene and food through a series of hands-on exhibits. You’ll even get the opportunity to take a seat in our Amphitheatre and find out about the famous gladiators who fought there. Learn all about the archaeology of Chester through our trailblazing light show and open archaeological trenches, which showcase the abundance of physical historical remains that lie beneath your feet. Visit Deva Roman Discovery Centre to experience the history of Roman Chester by putting yourself right in the middle, rather than just looking through glass.

From Chester: Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour

6. From Chester: Full-Day Guided North Wales Sightseeing Tour

Leave the Roman city of Chester and travel to Wales on a 90-minute, fully-narrated journey arriving at Llandudno. Visit the 12th-century hidden chapel of St. Tudno on the Great Orme. Next is the walled town of Conwy, constructed in 1283 with a fabulous 3/4-mile wall circuit. Go inside Conwy Castle, a gritty, dark-stoned fortress built by James of St. George in partnership with Frenchman Richard The Engineer. Afterwards, head to Snowdonia National Park using carefully-selected, off-the-beaten-track routes with a stop at the so-called “capital of North Wales,” Betws-Y-Coed prayer house in the woods. Finally, take the unique opportunity to experience the Pontcysyllte Canal Aqueduct, built by Sir Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805. Prepare to be entertained and informed by your experienced guide and driver along the way.

From Chester: North Wales Tour

7. From Chester: North Wales Tour

Leaving Chester, the majestic Snowdonia National Park will open up as you travel across a stunning mountain road with a stop at Llyn Ogwen, a beautiful lake with amazing mountain views. Rumored to be the final resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur. Proceed towards the honeypot village of Betws-y-Coed. You will have time here to find some lunch and explore this beautiful place. After Betws-y-Coed, head to Great Orme, a giant limestone headland. See the historic seafront with its 19th-century pier and take in fantastic views of Anglesey and Snowdonia. Continue towards Llandudno on the North Wales Coast. Along the way look out for great sea views, as you head along the main coastal road.  Leaving Llandudno you will get your first glimpse of the world famous Conwy Castle. The final stop before the return to Chester will be at Conwy where there will be an opportunity to take in views and photograph the famous castle. After leaving Conwy the tour returns back to Chester.

Chester: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

8. Chester: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Chester. Receive messages to a phone from Captain Bess, a snarky pirate testing out new recruits to join her ship. Travel Captain Bess's carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer and see hidden sights usually missed by tourists. Ask for a hint to continue the journey through the city if the clues get too tough. Start at the front of Chester Town Hall and sneak through tiny alleys and Victorian streets, passing the peaceful riverside and Roman ruins. Learn interesting facts and hear stories along the way about the sights along Bess's route and get a better understanding of the history of Chester. Get ready to explore Chester in a new way through this fun and interactive treasure hunt.

From Liverpool: Chester Sightseeing Half-Day Shore Excursion

9. From Liverpool: Chester Sightseeing Half-Day Shore Excursion

You will be met by a representative of the local partner at Liverpool Cruise Terminal and shown to your vehicle that will transport you under the River Mersey, passing beneath your ship on the 45-minute short hop to Chester. Upon arrival, you will have a fully guided tour of Chester taking in the site of a Roman Amphitheatre, Norman Era Defensive Walls, views of the River Dee which gave Chester its means of trade with the rest of the world hundreds of years ago before passing by buildings dating back to the Tudor and Georgian era with Victorian architecture mixed in for good measure. You will see the famous Rows which is Chester's unique shopping experience before finally reaching the centre of the City - Chester Cross. From here you will have free time to wander the streets of this historic City and sample some of the flavours that makes Cheshire so loved by many, including Cheshire Cheese and local Ales. Finally, with bags laden with souvenirs (and some delicacies picked up at the various food stores) you will be transported back to the Port in Liverpool. If time allows, you may even get to meet the Fab Four before being dropped back at the Cruise Terminal

Chester: Haunted Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

10. Chester: Haunted Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

If you like ghostly goings-on and spooky stories, then this walking tour around the centre of the historic city of Chester offers tantalising tales of the supernatural. We’ll visit some familiar landmarks — but don't expect a dry history lecture. I know my home city well and will be highlighting some of the hidden corners that you don't find on typical tours. After all, I'm a local boy and I’ll be sharing my insider knowledge. On this tour, you’ll hear about: • Roman soldiers still guarding their historic garrison • The grisly tale of Chester's last public execution • The ghostly monk that haunts the city's spookiest passageway • Chester's only official exorcism Allow one hour for this walk. There are plenty of cafes and bars along the route for a quick coffee stop. Whether it’s your first time in the city or you’re a local keen to learn more about your home, Haunted Chester is the perfect way to see it in a different light.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 452 reviews

We really love this tour as the place that we visited is very beautiful and worth for the money we spent. The most important thing we have the best tour guide, Darren from Rabbie’s tour. He really has a good knowledge about the history of the places that we visited, very polite, nice and He is also a good story teller. We never get bored and really excited to hear all the history. Thank you so much for giving us a good memory of this gour journey.

We had a wonderful trip with our tour guide-driver, James @ Rabbie’s Tour, who was so friendly, polite, helpful, patience and also very informative. He made sure we’re all safe and enjoyable for the whole journey. Our 10 years old son, the youngest among the participants was so impressed with James’ interaction and he had a great time!

Had a fabulous day in Snowdonia and Chester. The weather was freezing but James very much made the trip for us, loved seeing the snowy mountains in Snowdonia and found the scenery breathtaking at times and enjoyed all the recommendations James made. Will definitely be back for another tour soon.

This day was great from start to finish. We had an amazing guide, Darren, and he was very informative and entertaining throughout our journey. We saw some amazing sites and I couldn’t have asked for a better day exploring North Wales, Snowdonia, and Chester. I highly recommend!

I have really enjoyed this tour, all locations were lovely , the tour cover north of Wales going through snowdonia and passing by small towns...l will definitely recommend it if you need to escape busy cities!!