Catching the train makes the trip from Birmingham to the market town of Chester easy. Relax and enjoy a comfortable hour and a half ride watching the best of the English landscape slide past.

With our free Wifi, and money saving special offers on tickets, including the popular Off peak bargains and our Group deals, ideal if you want to enjoy a girl’s day out. The Cheshire town has been on this spot since 79AD, when an important camp was founded by the Romans. This soon developed into an expanding settlement, and several centuries later, the Saxon civilisation, as protection against the Danes, built strong defensive walls that are still standing in places to this day. This colourful town is packed with fun family friendly attractions, cultural diversity and warm, friendly locals.

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The beautifully designed Eastgate Clock stands at the site of the original Roman entrance to the town. The most photographed clock in the UK, after Big Ben, it was created to celebrate Queen Victoria’s silver jubilee, and is now a Grade I listed structure. Perfect as a landmark, it’s visible from many areas of the town.

Overlooking the River Dee, Chester Castle was constructed in 1070, improving the defensive capabilities of the town walls, and was added to in the 18th and 19th centuries. These newer parts now house the Military Museum, with collections of militaria dating from the 17th century and relating to the four British Army Cheshire branches - Cheshire Yeomanry and Regiment, the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and the 3rd Carabiniers. 

Chester Zoo is well worth the short journey on public transport to visit. One of the UK’s largest zoos, it’s home to a huge variety of animals. From aardvarks to zebras, and everything in between, the inhabitants are happy and healthy. Being part of numerous international breeding programmes, the zoo is a hub for excellence. Some of their projects include breeding and reintroducing the rare Sumartran rhino, African painted dogs and the Cape Mountain Zebra. There are plenty of projects for you to get involved with, too, from fundraising to sponsoring your favourite animal, you can even volunteer to help the zoo keepers.

Chester has lots going on, making the perfect destination for a fun day out, and you could easily spend a great weekend exploring this lovely town. Why not download our easy to use app giving you access to all our budget friendly ticket deals? You can start planning your return visit to Chester today!