Things to do in 36 Hours in Chester

We are biased, but whenever we go to a new place we look to see if there is a Treasure Trail there. We know that if we follow the route and solve the clues along the way, we will always see the best bits of a town or city. So we did just that. There are three Trails around Chester and we did all three in the 36 hours we were there.


We treated ourselves to a stay in the Grosvenor Hotel right in the centre of town.

David’s mum and dad used to frequent it and there are lots of family stories about it.

It completely exceeded our expectations. Comfortable beds, fabulous shower and friendly helpful staff ticked all our boxes for a great stay.

Things to do in 36 Hours in Chester - Beautiful Chester


Things to do in 36 Hours in Chester - The Storyhouse

We had a scrumptious afternoon tea in the Chester Grosvenor and we enjoyed it so much we had breakfast and lunch there the following day! 

Their newly refurbished Arkle Bar and Lounge is very comfortable with tasty options. David had a burger and I had a salad for lunch. Not just any old salad though. It was a take on a Caesar salad but without the yucky dressing. A little gem cut in half with mouthwatering blue cheese and bacon pieces and topped with bits of sourdough.

I thought Caesar salad was appropriate as there are Roman references everywhere!


We did other things - as well as the Chester Treasure Trails.

The centre of Chester is packed with shops and we couldn’t resist topping up our shoe cupboard with a new pair each!

We popped into a few other shops too and resolved to come back another time with our shopping hats on and credit cards in hand!

Things to do in 36 Hours in Chester - having fun on a Treasure Trail
Things to do in 36 Hours in Chester - Having Fun on a Treasure Trail


We also found time to do a whistle stop tour of Chester Cathedral. It deserves much more than a quick whizz, so it will go on the list for next time.

They are currently creating a charming a model of the cathedral in Lego, which is fun for little ones. The Victorian mosaics on one wall are amazing.

In the evening we had tickets for the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which was showing at the Storyhouse.

The Storyhouse is a brilliant theatre, cinema, library and restaurant all rolled into one. We enjoyed a drink at the bar both before and after the film!

And the best bit was we could walk to it from the hotel.

Everyone we met was exceptionally friendly. From the hotel staff to the people in the tourist information centre. The cathedral volunteers to the bar lady at the cinema. The man in the booth manning the barrier to the centre of town to the roman centurion hanging out in the town square.

We will definitely put Chester on our list of places to visit again. Have you been to Chester? What did you love about it?