Night view of Liverpool, skyline towards Albert Dock.

A ferry good time

Get world-class at shopping at Chester’s Rows and Cheshire Oaks. See Liverpool’s world-renowned waterfront and skyline from a Mersey ferry. Catch the Beatles Story and the U-Boat Story. Have an animaltastic time at Chester Zoo, Go Ape in Delamere, climb the Radio City observation deck or swim and slide at Northgate Arena.

Happy family with little child and shopping. Happy family with little child and shopping. Happy family with little child and shopping. Happy family with little child and shopping.

Country kids

Days out for kids don’t get much better than Chester Zoo, with over 20,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens. Head to Go Ape in Delamere to amuse your little monkeys with high-speed zip wires, Tarzan swing drops and treetop treks. Keep the woodland adventures going at BeWILDerwood.

Take an open-top sightseeing tour of Chester with its Roman origins. Keep delving into the past at the Dewa Roman Experience: uncover lost treasures on your own three-metre excavation. Hot day? Cool off at Sandy Lane Aqua Park. Not so hot? Try Northgate Arena’s beach-effect swimming pool with flumes and slides.

Younger kids will love Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway: board a miniature train, grab some Thomas the Tank souvenirs and drive your own Trevor Tram. Meet everything from octopus and electric eels to stingrays and caiman crocodiles at the Blue Planet Aquarium. Or enjoy the thrill of a live escape game at Breakout Chester.

Enjoy a Mersey Ferry Explorer Cruise with iconic views of Liverpool’s waterfront: learn all about Liverpool’s musical and maritime past with expert guided commentary. See Liverpool’s skyline from the Radio City observation deck. Or step into the solar system or face off against zombies with VR Here: a room-scale virtual reality experience.

Blackpool waterpark.
Night view of Liverpool, skyline towards Albert Dock.

For the grown ups

Minton Hall is just 15 miles from Chester. So you’re just around the corner from world-class shopping at the 700-year-old Rows and Cheshire Oaks designer outlet. You’ll also want to see the most complete Roman city walls in Britain, the oldest racecourse in the country, and the regular musical events and exhibitions at the stunning cathedral.

On the Wirral, you can catch some of the best theatre in the North West, with events such as the International Guitar Festival at the Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton and touring West End shows. And enjoy 25 miles of coastline and great beaches at Meols, Moreton and West Kirby.

Take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey to view Liverpool’s world-renowned waterfront and skyline at its best. Head to the U-Boat Story to sample life on board a real German U-boat, with original film archive and interactive displays. Or wander Port Sunlight, a beautiful model village and award-winning tourist attraction.

Play in the footsteps of legends from 11 Open Championships at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Take a trip back to the swinging 60s at The Beatles Story, with its replicas of Abbey Road Studios and The Cavern. Shop at Liverpool One, and party till you drop at clubs and bars such as Alma de Cuba and The Merchant.