Whether for business or pleasure, catching the train from Cardiff Central to Chester allows you to arrive feeling relaxed and ready to go.

With services running all day from 05.00 until 21.15, there’s plenty of choice, and the three-hour journey allows plenty of time to catch up with work, or the film you always wanted to watch via our free Wifi. Why not download an app enabling you to pinpoint all the attractions you want to see in Chester?

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The red stoned city of Chester, grown from a 79 AD Roman fortress called Deva Victrix, is now a popular tourist destination. Many archaeologically important finds are still being unearthed from the large amphitheatre, and are now on display in the Grosvenor Museum. Anyone interested in this period and the history of the region should start their sightseeing here.

If culture is what you’re looking for, the Storyhouse Theatre has an eclectic programme of events and live shows, including films, opera, musicals, and comedy, while the restaurant has an exciting contemporary menu, perfect for a pre-show meal. 

Internationally renowned for its scientific impact, and granted UNESCO World Heritage status, the Jodrell Bank Observatory has numerous events going on all year round, including tours and stargazing nights - a unique experience! While another site, Chester Zoo, also impacts the wider world with its ongoing international conservation programmes, including working with Malaysian elephants, giraffes in Uganda and tigers in South Asia. There are many ways you can get involved, one of which is to adopt an animal or even volunteer.  

For a spot of retail therapy, The Rows are an unforgettable experience. A two-story medieval ‘shopping centre’, developed from the half-timber buildings that line Chester’s streets, The Rows offer a well preserved and incredibly quaint collection of stores. The ground floor is home to all the big high street names, while the upper level is a maze of unique independent retailers and artisan boutiques, selling handcrafted gifts and one-off pieces. You won’t want to leave! Coffee shops and tea rooms with homemade cakes and other delicacies, window fronts showcasing gorgeous knitwear and handmade jewellery, mouth-blown glass and studio pottery, there’s something for everyone. 

With our downloadable app, you can book tickets from your phone, and our Twitter feed will keep you updated with any travel reports as they happen.