Chester area guide

Searching for houses for sale in Chester? Check out our area guide to see if this small city is right for you.

Chester is a historic and attractive city, near the border with North Wales. It has been an important walled community since Roman times; there are many ruins still standing in Chester today as well as Georgian-era buildings.

Living in Chester

Chester has a population of around 670,000 with an average age of 43. The crime rate in the area is well below the UK average at just over 4,000 compared to an average across the UK of 10,000 crimes. Making this a relatively safe place to settle down. The highest rate of crime in the area is related to anti-social behaviour which accounts for 38% of all crime in the area, followed by sexual offences at 19%, and public order at 10%. If you are looking for houses for sale in this area you can enjoy a wide variety of styles and sizes. This quaint city offers everything from houses and apartments overlooking the canal to Georgian terraced houses.

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History & Architecture

If you want to explore the area and history of the town there are lots to see. Chester Cathedral is an outstanding building where you can enjoy a guided tour inside, this location is said to offer a unique blend of medieval and modern history. The Grosvenor Museum offers free entry where you can view a host of artifacts covering everyday life throughout various different centuries.

Shopping

When you’re looking for great deals on the latest fashions, there’s no better place than Chester. From shopping centres like Grosvenor Shopping Centre to quaint boutiques in Rows – this 700-year old covered shopping gallery has something that will suit everyone! Grosvenor shopping centre hosts named brands such as TK Maxx, TopShop, and Dorothy Parkins. On the high street, you can find other popular brands such as Jo Malone, M&S, and Zara to name a few. For something a little different, you can check out Chester Market. This market offers food and retail stalls and is open from Friday- Sunday every week. There are traders here to suit everyone. You can find freshly baked goods like bread and cakes, cheese, a cafe, butchers, fruit and veg, and even jewellery and clothing.

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Food & Drink

For a family meal out you will enjoy La Fattoria which is an Italian restaurant located just on Lower Bridge street popular for its tasty Pizza and pasta dishes. For some lunch brunch we would have to recommend Hickory’s SmokeHouse or 1539 Restaurant & Bar which are both perfect spots for a summer day with excellent outdoor seating and views. For a Sunday roast our experts recommend Ring O’Bells. In terms of nightlife there are plenty of spots to choose from in Chester. Barlounge is a quirky yet friendly bar that offers an array of spirits and cocktails. For something different you can head to Cruise bar and club known for its interior clubby design or the Laugh Inn where you can enjoy some drinks with friends while watching a comedy show.

Spa & Wellness

Chester is a hot spot for spa and wellness facilities. If you are looking for a massage you can book into one of the local message stores including I-Siam or Sabai Thai Day Spa which are both top-rated. For a full spa day experience, you head to Spa by Kasia which is a luxurious health, beauty and wellbeing oasis. They offer an impressive indoor swimming pool, a variety of spa treatments, a day spa package and an overnight stay package.

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Sports & Fitness

The Athlete Factory is not your ordinary gym, offering a sports camp and a clinic all in one. This is classified as a world-class facility for sport, health and fitness lovers. Here you can find expert fitness programmes to fulfill your sport or fitness goals. If you like to get outdoors you can check out the horse riding schools including Buttercup Stables and Cheshire Trekking. For the bikers, you can explore Chester trails with the Ride Tour Explore or Chester Cycle Tour. If you’re into faster bikers and have a need for action and speed you will enjoy a day out to Tile Farm which offers off-road Quad bike adventures suitable for all the family. If you want something a little more peaceful on a Sunday afternoon you hire a Kayak as Chester Kayak hire or go golfing with some friends at one of the many golf courses in the area.

Healthcare

There is definitely an abundance of quality hospitals and healthcare providers in this area. Hospitals include Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Countess of Chester Hospital Accident and Emergency Department, and Nuffield Health Chester, The Grosvenor Hospital private.

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Outdoor activities

With so many things to do in the area, you’ll be overwhelmed. Whether alone or with friends or family members there’s always something on offer that will capture everyone’s attention. Chester Zoo is a family favorite amongst residents and visitors here. Here you can have a lovely day that all the family will enjoy. With over 21,000 animals and over 500 different species to explore.

Indoor activities

Chester also offers many indoor activities great for when the weather does not permit outdoor walks or activities. One of our favorites is Blue Planet Aquarium where you can get up close and personal with sharks, Fish, Frogs, and even Spiders. They also have a daily feed show where you can see a live feeding of the sharks. For the kiddies, there are lots of soft play areas to check out including Fun4all and Zippy’s Playworld. For the adults, there is also a host of activities from historical buildings to museums. If you like art and antiques perhaps prepping your new home you can check out The Watergates Street Gallery and The Antiques Shop which offers a variety of home accessories including chairs, lamps, and art. For something exciting and different you can book yourself and your friends for a day at the Virtual Reality Escape or “Sick To Death” speciality museum.

Schools

There is a selection of schools here to choose from so you will not have difficulty finding a place for your children. The King’s School for ages 4-18 and The Queen’s school ages 4-18 are among the top in the town followed by The Catholic High School and Upton-By-Chester HIgh School.

Travel links

Chester is a well connected little city allowing residents to make their way easily around the UK by car or train. You can take the train to Manchester central which would take between 60-90 minutes, a 45 minutes train to Liverpool, or a short 30 minutes train ride to Crewe. In terms of roads, the M53 connected the city to Liverpool while the M56 connected the city to Manchester. Liverpool and Manchester airports can also be accessed in under 45 minutes. Traveling within Chester itself is also hassle-free with many car parking facilities and buses available.

If you are thinking of buying a home in Chester you can pop into our local estate agents here at Chester Business park.