Discover Chester and North Wales.
In the surrounding areas of Rossett, there is so much to see and do. We've given you some ideas below of things that might take your fancy whilst you're here.
Combining the new and traditional, Wrexham is now home to a multi-million pound new shopping development, Eagles Meadow, which hosts a variety of the top UK high street names. Wrexham is also the venue for the largest open-air market in North Wales (every Monday).
Chester is famous for its shopping culture. The historic 'Rows' date back to medieval times and house many small unique shops you won't find anywhere else! In addition to this, you'll be sure to find some great food and drink at one of Chester’s trendy Restaurant & Bars.
With over 140 stores, Cheshire Oaks is the largest Designer Outlet Centre in the UK. As factory outlets, stores offer goods from previous seasons at greatly discounted prices, there's some real finds to be had!
Liverpool was recently crowned European Capital of Culture in 2008, and for good reason. Liverpool's Albert Docks and Cavern Quarter are fantastic places to visit and in addition, 2008 also saw the grand opening of the much anticipated 'Liverpool One' shopping centre, the largest shopping development in Europe at the time.
Sights & Scenery
Chirk is a quiet town which dates back to the 12th Century. Its main attraction is the magnificent Chirk Castle, but the surrounding Ceiriog Valley, aqueducts and canals are also of much interest to visitors (including a visitor last year going by the name of Harrison Ford!).
See Chester in its true glory by taking a stroll along its City Walls. Founded by the Romans in 79AD, Chester was built as a fortress during the Roman expansion northwards and later used as protection from raiders from the Irish Sea. Much of the Walls remains intact and leads past other must-see attractions such as the Roman Amphitheatre & Chester Cathedral.
The River Dee, Chester
The Dee encircles South Chester and boasts an attractive riverside featuring boat trips, rowing boats, pedalos and canoes. A bevy of Swans and Cygnets can normally be found on the River and the Grosvenor Bridge (which overlooks) was opened in 1833 by Princess Victoria, 4 years before she became Queen of England.
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (World Heritage Site)
Set in the beautiful North Wales countryside. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is walkable and carries the Llangollen canal over the valley of the River Dee. The aqueduct is a Grade 1 listed building and was recently inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2009, alongside such landmarks as the Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of Shine and Stonehenge.
The Castles of North Wales
North Wales boasts some of the finest Castles Great Britain has to offer. Chirk, Conwy, Dolwyddelan, Dolbadarn, Beaumaris and Caernarfon are just some of the towns that call home to these stunning fortresses and, set in the beautiful Welsh countryside, are a great day out for everyone.
Clwydian Range, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Clwydian Range is a 35km series of hills in North Wales, the highest point being the popular Moel Famau (554 metres/1,818 ft), which on a clear day boasts views of Liverpool, Manchester, the Blackpool Tower and even the Isle of Man! Great for walking, the Clwydian Range is regarded as one of Britain’s most treasured landscapes as it was named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park is a region of North Wales that spans over 800 square miles and is home to the largest mountain in England and Wales, Mount Snowdon. For those who like the sites but don't wish to walk, the Snowdon Mountain Railway runs a truly breathtaking service, daily from Llanberis to the summit. The summit of Mt Snowdon also boasts a brand new £8m visitor centre, Hafod Eryri.
Attractions, Activities and Events
Techniquest @ Glyndwr University
Techniquest Glyndwr offers over 60 hands-on exhibits complemented by a varied programme of interactive shows, workshops and special events. Activities change on a regular basis to ensure there is always something new to discover!
Chester Zoo is the UK's Number 1 zoo, a fantastic day out, it’s not surprising it attracts more than one million visitors every year. The zoo holds over 7000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet.
The Llangollen Railway is a preserved steam railway situated within the stunning Dee valley. The train runs for 7½ miles along the River Dee from Llangollen to Carrog through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.
Blue Planet Aquarium
The Blue Planet Aquarium is an adventure for all, home to a huge variety of species including Stingrays, Lemon Sharks, Canadian Otters, poisonous Dart Frogs and thousands of tropical fish. Do you dare take a shark dive?
Erddig Hall is a National Trust property, built in 1684 for Joshua Edisbury, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire. Erddig Hall was recently voted by the Radio Times as "Britain's second finest stately home". A tour of the mansion house includes the joiners shop, the smithy and stables, but most go simply to wander the beautiful gardens. Erddig Hall is also a regular on the BBC's Antique Roadshow programme.
Eaton Hall Gardens
Eaton Hall is home to The Duke of Westminster and is set within one of the largest private estates in Northern England. Three times a year, Eaton Hall opens its spectacular gardens to the public that are surrounded by Grade I listed buildings.
Chester & Bangor-on-Dee Races
Chester & Bangor-on-Dee Races offer a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you're there to enjoy the races or to enjoy the wine, be sure to do it in style.