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We are surrounded by a fabulous array of attractions

Things to do in and around Chester

Chester’s attractions are on our doorstep.

We are surrounded by a fabulous range of attractions from the medieval charm of Chester to the tranquil delights of the Cheshire’s Gardens.

For guests seeking retail therapy, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, the biggest in the UK, is only 10 minutes drive away and for families we can offer discounted Chester Zoo tickets, the largest Zoo in the UK. The vibrant cities of Liverpool and Manchester offer great sporting, cultural and retail experiences.

Chester and Cheshire has such a diverse landscape from the rolling Cheshire Plain to formal parks and gardens; mountains to moorlands, there’s plenty to see and enjoy across our dramatic landscape. Through the seasons Cheshire’s gardens promise a kaleidoscope of colour whatever time of year you visit, so there is plenty to see and do.

The historic city of Chester is renowned for its Roman past where you can still walk the Roman Walls and see the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Within the city itself the buildings still retain their black and white timber appearance along with the Medieval ‘Rows’ two-tier shopping galleries unique to Chester.

Chester Zoo

Chester ZooChester Zoo is one of the world’s top zoos and is just minutes from Rowton Hall Hotel. You’ll find larger, grander exhibits (including Europe’s largest orang-utan house and the UK’s largest butterfly house), rare species, walk-through attractions and fun, informative talks throughout the day. And we’ll help you get in for less.

With 110 acres of award-winning zoological gardens to explore, the feet may take a pounding – but there’s always the Rowton Hall Spa, Health Club, Cavalier Bar or Langdale Restaurant waiting for you when you return.

Chester Zoo is open every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10am. Closing times vary. Please see the Chester Zoo website for full details.

Ask at reception for your discount tickets to Chester Zoo, or call 01244 335262 and we’ll be happy to help.

Chester Races

Chester RacesMake a day at the UK’s oldest racecourse a thrilling part of your stay at Rowton Hall.

They’ve been racing at Chester since 1539, and every year between early May and late September you can join the trackside action on the banks of the River Dee.

It’s perfect for parties and special occasions (private boxes are available) and an ideal reward after a day of business at Rowton Hall.

Let us know you’re planning to visit Chester racecourse when you book with us and we’ll help you arrange your transport to and from the event. When you return you’ll be able to celebrate your winnings with dinner in the Langdale Restaurant, or sooth the impact of your losses in the Rowton Hall Spa.

You’ll find details of the next race day on the Chester Racecourse website.

Chester City Centre

Chester City CentreStellar shopping. Buzzing bars and restaurants. And 2,000 years of history on your doorstep. Discover the sheer range and diversity of attractions in Chester city centre, just 2.5 miles from Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa.

Few places in Britain can boast quite so much history as Chester. You’ll come face to face with it on practically every street corner. This was the Roman fortress town of Deva, and you can still stroll on segments of the remaining Roman wall and amphitheatre.

Chester Cathedral dates from Norman times. The Grosvenor Museum explores Chester’s Viking and medieval past. Even shopping in Chester comes with an added dose of history: the double level Rows of boutique stores date back to at least the 14th Century. Yet Chester is no relic. It’s alive with vibrant bars, stylish restaurants, river cruises, leafy parks and distinctive stores. And when you’re done exploring, you’ll be back to the peace and comfort of your country house hotel in minutes. You can plan more things to do during your visit here.

Oulton Park

Oulton ParkWhether you’re watching the action or taking to the track, there’s no more picturesque race circuit in the UK than Oulton Park. And it’s only 10 miles from Rowton Hall Country House Hotel, Chester.

The British Touring Car Championships, British Superbike Championship and British F3/GT all have stages at Oulton Park. But when the headline events are elsewhere, the circuit gives everyone the chance to burn equal measures of rubber and adrenaline.

The race experience days, test days and bike track days let you access speeds and vehicles most of us only dream of. A thrilling choice for a weekend break with friends or a corporate teambuilding event. And we’ll be waiting with a relaxing drink, meal or spa treatment when you return.

To find out more about events and race days visit the Oulton Park website.

Golf Courses

Golf Courses


Rowton Hall Hotel is in the privileged position of being surrounded by some of the country’s finest golf courses. Here are some of our favourites:

Caldy Golf Club

The Wirral Peninsula, with its views over the River Dee and North Wales coast, is a picturesque place for a round of golf. Caldy offers a challenging course, practice grounds and excellent clubhouse facilities.

Address: Links Hey Road, Wirral, Merseyside CH48 1NB.

Telephone: 0151 625 5660

Curzon Park

A beautiful meadowland course on 2 levels, with fine views of the Welsh hills. Overlooking Chester Racecourse,Curzon is less than a mile from the City Centre.

Address: Curzon Park, Chester, Cheshire CH4 8AR

Telephone: 01244 677760

Eaton Golf Club

Just 4 miles from Chester, Eaton Golf Club offers a testing course and high quality facilities within a short drive of Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa.

Address: Guy Lane, Waverton,Chester, Cheshire, CH3 7PH

Telephone: 01244 335885


Within easy reach of Chester,Heswall is known for its breathtaking views of the beautiful Welsh hills.

Address: Cottage Lane, Gayton, Wirral, CH60 8PB

Telephone: 0151 342 1237

Hoylake Golf Club

An 18-hole course set in a bustling seaside town, Hoylake Golf Course has fantastic facilities and shares close links with Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Address: Hoylake Golf Club, Carr Lane, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 4BA

Royal Birkdale

Once voted the no.1 course in Britain. Still one of Britain’s finest golf clubs. And an Open Championship regular. Test your skills against the windswept links majesty of Royal Birkdale.

Address: Waterloo Road, Southport PR8 2LX

Telephone: 01704 552020

Royal Liverpool

Frequently ranked in the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in the World’ the Open Championship course at Royal Liverpool will have you walking the fairways in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones.

Address: Meols Drive, Hoylake, CH47 4AL

Telephone: 0151 632 3101

Wallasey Golf Club

Wallasey Golf Club provides a stern but fair challenge with its sand dunes and constant sea breezes. A superb test for golf players of any standard.

Address: Bayswater Road, Wallasey, CH45 8LA

Telephone: 0151 691 1024


ShoppingWhere to begin? Chester has long been renowned as a shopping city. With its mix of big names and boutique independence, there’s an exciting mix of the designer exclusive, the locally inspired and the quirkily different.

At Chester Rows, in the heart of the city centre, find double the shopping heaven, with two tiers of stores set in covered medieval galleries.

If you’re in search of discount designer names, make a beeline for Cheshire Oaks, near the Blue Planet Aquarium. Modern shopping malls. Outlet stores. Beautiful buildings on ancient cobbled streets housing the high-end, the surprise bargain and the brilliantly unique. Love shopping in Chester.

And when you’ve hit your retail therapy limits, find therapy of a different kind at the Rowton Hall Spa or Health Club.

Blue Planet

Blue Planet
One of the UK’s largest aquariums is just moments away.

Immerse yourself in the waters of the world at Chester’s Blue Planet Aquarium. Discover the coral cave and mangrove swamp. Explore the Amazon or take the Aquatunnel through the UK’s largest collection of sharks. Over 100 living displays make the Blue Planet one of Chester’s best family attractions. If you’re a qualified diver, you could even take to the water.

The Blue Planet is situated at Cheshire Oaks designer outlet village so you can combine the natural world with retail therapy for a full day out. Then return to our luxury hotel in Chester and relax in the Spa or the Rowton Hall Health Club.

Go Ape

Go Ape
For real adventure, look up…

Get a different perspective on the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Blackmere Lake. Go Ape is the tree top adventure for adults and children where you’ll cross from tree to tree using zip wires, rope bridges, Tarzan swings and more.

Make Go Ape a part of your team building at Rowton Hall or your family weekend break. After 2-3 hours in the trees you’ll welcome the relaxation that awaits back at our country house hotel!

Booking is recommended for Go Ape – click here for more information.




Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre & Countryside Park makes a perfect family day out.

Get up close and personal with the wildlife and farmyard animals. Feed them. Stroke them. Perhaps even adopt them. Learn more about the area’s wildlife on the nature trail and at the exhibition centre. The picnic area is the perfect spot to sit, relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

Cotebrook is just 9 miles from Rowton Hall country house hotel. Click here to plan your visit.

For more information about staying at Rowton Hall, or to make a booking,
contact Reception on 01244 335262


Rowton Hall Hotel is only 2.5 miles from the historic Roman city of Chester, but nestled amid its own lawns and woodland.


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