Chester Zoo is the UK's largest zoo, welcoming some 1.3 million visitors a year. Founded over 70 years ago, the zoo is the result of the vision of George Mottershead who set the standards for other zoos to follow with his innovative enclosure design, essentially creating a 'zoo without bars.' Today, the zoo is home to 7,000 animals, 400 species, many of which are endangered. The zoo is also a conservation charity, supporting projects in the wild and closer to home in Cheshire. Known for its high-standards of animal welfare, it is also known for its ground-breaking enclosures including Realm of the Red Ape, the largest orangutan house in Europe.

The Chester Cathedral was originally founded more than 1,000 years ago as a Saxon Minster, and then transformed into a Benedictine abbey. Still later it was turned into an Anglican cathedral church, and architecturally restored in the 19th century. Tour the monastic buildings, the Quire stalls, and the medieval shrine of St. Werburgh with works of art and stained glass.

St John's Church and Ruins. Founded by a Saxon king in AD689  St John's was the original cathedral of Chester. Reduced in size at the Reformation when the Benedictine Abbey buildings became the Anglican cathedral the ruins of the abandoned section are an attraction in their own right. The church itself claims to be the oldest Norman church building in the North of England and contians a medieval wall painting  and Saxon crosses and medieval tombstones fournd in the churchyard.

The award-winning Grosvenor Museum contains the renowned Roman Stones gallery, and art and silver galleries. There is also a natural history display and the Timeline Gallery, with information on the city’s past.

The Cheshire Military Museum is an innovative museum with events and exhibits that interpret the stories of the men of the Regiments of Cheshire, including the Cheshire Regiment, the Cheshire Yeomanry, the 3rd Carabiniers and the 5th Inniskilling Dragoons.