Day Trip to Historic Chester and River Cruise
A journey through 2,000 years of history
Enjoy a day trip to Chester, one of the UK’s most popular city destinations with cobbled streets, hidden cellars and quirky lanes to discover.
During the Middle Ages, Chester made its money as the most important port in north west England. However, over time, the River Dee silted up and Chester lost its commercial crown to Liverpool.
Today, the historic city centre boasts quite a collection of Tudor and Victorian-era buildings, and there are stories to discover at every turn. However, it’s the famous Roman walls that pretty much encircle the city that mark Chester out as somewhere rather special. You can walk along the walls (free entry), offering some remarkable views in all directions.
Rivalling the walls for the affection of visitors is Chester Cathedral (free entry), founded as a Benedictine monastery more than 800 years ago. But whatever you do, don’t miss ‘The Rows’, the 700-year-old, two-tiered covered shopping galleries that grace the very centre of the city, offering an extensive choice of independent shops.
Yes, Chester really is somewhere very special.
Your tour itinerary
Meet our representative at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and receive your tickets, travel pack and some top tips to help you make the most of your day out. Enjoy a relaxing train journey through the Cheshire countryside. Arrive in Chester and take the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus to start your city discovery. Join your boat for a relaxing cruise on the River Dee. Afterwards, rejoin the bus before exploring the city centre on foot. Take a leisurely lunch at one of Chester’s many eateries. At 2pm, meet your Blue Badge Tourist Guide at the Town Hall Visitor Centre for a 90-minute walking tour that reveals more of the city’s secrets. There’s time for shopping along The Rows before returning by train to Manchester.
(5-15 years) £35.00
Timings and prices
Tour operates daily, departing from Manchester Piccadilly station at 8.50am Monday to Saturday (journey time 1 hour) or 9.22am on Sunday (journey time 1½ hours)
Please note that all daytrips by train are self-guided/ unescorted. Our representative will meet you at the station and provide you with all the information you need, including an itinerary to use as a guide.
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