Top of the bill for kids must be Chester Zoo. Get around on the monorail as you take in over 20,000 animals and 500 species across 25 acres. Hot favourites here are the elephants, red apes, Sumatran tigers, jaguars and rhinos. But don’t miss the aquarium, tropical house and fruit bat forest.
Immerse yourself in Roman Britain at Dewa Roman Experience, at the heart of a legionary fortress discovered in 1991. Explore the reconstructed barracks, bathhouse, granary and taverna, then get hands-on in the interactive room.
Have an adventure filled day at The Crocky Trail, exploring the mile-long trial that includes slides, ropes swings, climbs and chain bridge. Or check out the world’s largest family friendly ice cream parlour adventure park – The Ice Cream Farm.
Gird your loins for the Ghost Hunter Trail, to hear tales of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Ride the Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway over the long wooden viaduct and round the pond full of ducks and geese and into the station full of favourite Thomas The Tank souvenirs.
In summer, pack a picnic and get out to Sandy Lane Aqua Park for outdoor water play and hours of fun involving sprinklers, jet sprays and tipping buckets. Finally, don’t miss Blue Planet Aquarium, with its coral cave, daily Aquatheatre shows and Europe’s largest collection of sharks.
The bewitching beauty of Chester is a mix of the classical and contemporary. Head into town to walk Britain’s most-complete city walls, see the country’s oldest racecourse, the largest Roman Amphitheatre, an ancient cathedral and the unique black-and-white-timbered 700-year-old shopping rows.
Take a trip on board an open top or heritage bus, cruise the River Dee or book a guided walking tour. See the UK’s top zoo or catch a unique blend of medieval and modern history at 1,000-year-old Chester Cathedral, then watch the birds of prey in the gardens.
Get down to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village for brands from Burberry to Mulberry, Adidas to Armani and Ted Baker to Tag Heuer. Head over to the Roman Amphitheatre, where 7,000 spectators once enjoyed circuses, festivals and gladiator fights throughout the summer.
For a day out with a difference, try Sick to Death, bringing you the gory story of diseases, doctors and dying in the medieval world. Recover with a picnic in the herb garden. Wrap up the day dancing at Cruise or Fiesta Havana, or mix it up with a cocktail or two at Oddfellows.