Leonardo Hotel Entrance, Chester

Leonardo Hotel Chester

Hotel Review Location:  The Leonardo is a recently opened hotel located within Chester's historic Roman walls.  It's just a 15 minute walk from the railway station which has frequent connections between London, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.  It's also just 10 miles (17 km) from Liverpool John Lennon airport for guests arriving from overseas. Arrival and check-in: We …

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Chester Zoo entrance

Day 3. Chester Cathedral and Zoo

We'd arranged to take a tour of Chester Cathedral but as this wasn't scheduled to begin until 11.00 a.m. there was time for a short walk after breakfast.  Just along Pepper Street from the Leonardo hotel lies the Roman Gardens which we'd viewed from the city walls but not yet explored. The gardens were established …

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Eastgate, Chester

Day 2. Exploring Chester

We drew back the curtains to another bright and sunny spring morning and after enjoying a delicious breakfast in the Leonardo Hotel's restaurant we were soon ready for a day of sightseeing. We'd arranged to take a city walking tour with Chester Tours (£10), which run at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. each day from outside the …

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The Rows, Chester

Day 1. A weekend in Chester

After enjoying weekends in the historic centres of York and Lincoln we decided to turn our attention to Chester.  Located in the north west of England the M53 motorway links the city to the main road network with a frequent rail service connecting to major cities.  We opted to travel by train and leaving home …

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Port Sunlight cottages

Day 2. Port Sunlight & The Ness Gardens, The Wirral

After starting the day with a brisk walk along the seafront at Hoylake, we popped back into the car and headed to Ness Botanic Gardens located in Neston, Cheshire.  The gardens are open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with standard admission £8.25 The gardens were founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a Liverpool …

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National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Day 1. The National Waterways Museum, The Wirral

After recently spending an enjoyable weekend in nearby Liverpool, we decided to turn our attention to the Wirral Peninsula.  This stretch of land is bordered by the River Mersey to the east, the Irish Sea and River Dee to the west and the Shropshire Union Canal to the south providing us with 25 miles of …

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Historic Buildings, Northwich

Day 3. Exploring Cheshire

Our final morning in lovely Cheshire but still no signs of any sunshine.  We started the day with another visit to Northwich as on the previous day we had focussed on its key attractions rather than the town itself.  The town welcomes motorists as the first car park we came across right in the centre …

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Anderton Boat Lift

Day 2. The Lion Salt Works & Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich Cheshire

After enjoying a relaxing breakfast in our idyllic accommodation at Cheshire Boutique Barns, we set off for Northwich, 22 miles to the north. On our way we made a brief stop at Nantwich Marina where we had hoped to take a stroll along the towpath of the Shropshire Union canal but the weather wasn't in …

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The Garden Room, Cheshire Boutique Barns, Wrenbury

Cheshire Boutique Barns, Wrenbury

Hotel Review Leading such hectic lives we decided to enjoy a relaxing break at the lovely Cheshire Boutique Barns located in Wrenbury, in the midst of southern Cheshire's rolling countryside and leafy lanes.  Although the accommodation's tranquil setting may sound remote, it's actually easily accessible from the M6 motorway with Nantwich being only 5 miles …

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Nantwich Town Sign

Day 1. A short break in Cheshire

We planned a short break in the gently rolling countryside of Cheshire, a part of the country we were both unfamiliar with. We frequently head to cities and large towns so just for a change we opted for a relaxing stay in a secluded barn tucked away down a leafy lane in the tiny village …

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