My wife and I have just returned from a great weekend in Chester - even the weather was good! We haven't been to the city for a few years but it is still unspoiled and beautiful so if anyone is reading this and thinking of going - GO!
In addition to the many historical and beautiful buildings there are loads and loads of shops, both small and large. We were amazed at the almost bewildering choice of eateries and cafes AND at reasonable prices (to us in Lytham St Annes anyway!).
We will be back soon and now know where to dine and where NOT to dine!
As I'm recovering from a heart bypass, we travelled by train (well - 3 trains & 3 train companies). Northern Lytham - Preston were fine; Virgin Preston- Warrington were good; Arriva Wales Warrington - Chester were appalling! We will NEVER ever use this "bus" company again!
We boarded from a crowded platform at Warrington on to an already dangerously overcrowded Arriva Wales 3 coach train. It was H*** and more similar to a rush hour London Tube journey. On returning from the Chester Arriva Wales managed rail station, the lift was not working and no provision had been made whatsoever to offer assistance to the elderly, infirm, etc. The few staff on duty were sweating with carrying out their own duties (eg train despatch) and trying to help as much as possible. When the same lift problem occurred at the Virgin managed Preston station, they had staff ready to help at every staircase.
Please see our reviews of the Queens Hotel (good with a few issues); Upstairs at the Grill (excellent); Taconita (very good and very cheap); G.A.L. (dreadful - we walked out).
Again, Chester is a great place to visit.