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Posted 22 August 2016

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Why not explore the medieval city of Chester? Check out our top five budget- friendly family picks.

A fun day out with the whole family can be pricey. But you don’t have to go over budget to enjoy a family day trip – we’ll show you how. 

Today we’ll be exploring the historic city of Chester. We’ve put together our top five picks to explore this wonderful, medieval city without breaking the bank.  

City walls

There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll along Chester’s ancient city walls. Here you can embrace the city’s rich heritage and explore 2000 years of medieval expansion dating as far back as the Roman Empire. 

You can wander around the historic site for free. It’s around two miles to complete the circuit around the city.   Along the way you’ll see Chester’s castle itself and impressive towers, as well as a wealth of other medieval sites. Don’t forget to strike a gladiator pose within Chester’s Roman amphitheatre and take a ‘selfie’ next to the much-photographed Victorian Eastgate clock. 

Whether you’re a history buff or just love to explore a new city, you’ll be sure to enjoy the unique scenic views from the walls including the River Dee and the city’s famous racecourse. 

Grosvenor Park

After a stroll around the historic sites, why not enjoy a picnic in the beautifully Victorian influenced Grosvenor Park. This park is ideal for a spot of relaxing after a morning of sightseeing. Take a wander through the tree lined walkways and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.  

Depending on when you visit the park, there’s a range of activities you should look to explore. The park is home to the Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway which is typically open during school holidays and on some weekends. Plus, if you’re visiting the park in the summer months, be sure to get tickets to check out a performance at the Open Air Theatre.

Cathedral

Located within the renowned city walls lies the iconic Chester Cathedral. With its rich history spanning nearly 2000 years, the cathedral is a great stop for embracing stunning architecture. 

What’s more, you can discover in more detail the cathedral’s unique history and architecture with the tower tour. As the name suggests, you’ll take on the 200-plus step challenge to be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic viewpoints. You’ll be given access to view the galleries, the bell ringing chamber and much more. 

You can choose between the full hour tour costing £8 for adults and £6 for children*. Alternatively, there is a shortened 30 minute tour for £6 which includes a visit to the tower and bell-ringing chamber.

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Falconry and nature gardens

Situated within the beautiful Cathedral gardens lies the Falconry and nature gardens. Here you’ll witness impressive flying displays from spectacular birds of prey including owls, falcons and hawks. Plus, you can opt for even closer encounters with these remarkable birds – be sure to check out the falconry experiences.

This attraction is only open in certain months of the year so you should check their website before planning your visit. Entry to the falconry and nature gardens costs £3 for adults and £2.50 for children. Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) are also available for £10. 

Chester Zoo

If you’re looking for an enjoyable family day out, look no further than Chester Zoo. With 20,000 animals from 500 different species, you’ll be spoilt for choice. What’s more, with many exhibits, daily animal talks and now 28 animatronic dinosaurs to discover, the kids are sure to be entertained for the whole day. 

Be sure to take a trip around South East Asia and explore ‘Islands’. There are plenty of unique species to be discovered on the six islands. Take a trip to Sumatra and look out for orangutans and the Sumatran tiger. Spot the world’s biggest crocodiles at Monsoon Forest and make sure you finish your island trip off in Sumba to enjoy a boat ride down the Lazy River. 

If you’re planning a trip to Chester Zoo consider buying your tickets beforehand. You can save yourself up to 10% buying tickets online, compared with gate prices on the day. You can find out more information by clicking here

So there you go – if you’re off on a family day trip soon, why not consider the beautiful city of Chester. There are plenty of other money saving ideas for great family day trips. Be sure to check in regularly with our blog. We’ve great tips for saving money on other cities including Liverpool, York and much more. 

*Prices correct as of 08/08/16

by Christine Walsh

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