In 2022, Chester will have a host of new attractions from the National Science and Media Museum’s space-themed gallery to a series of outdoor art installations, there is something for everyone in Chester.
Coming to Chester in 2022: Attractions You Must See!
The Ice Age
The Exhibition will transport visitors back in time to the era of the dinosaurs. Featuring life-size animatronic creatures, this exhibit is perfect for families with children.
The Chester Grosvenor Museum
The Chester Grosvenor Museum will be home to a new gallery called “Out of This World,” which will explore space and astronomy. With exhibits including a replica lunar module and an interactive planetarium, this museum is sure to fascinate science lovers of all ages.
Wildes Chesterland is a new £12 million wildlife and nature reserve in Chester. This park will be full of surprises for visitors to discover, featuring ponds, woodland trails, waterfalls, and meadows.
St John The Baptist Churchyard
A brand-new art installation has been created by local artist Steve Fiddler called “Dream,” which aims to give an insight into the dreams conjured up during sleep. This piece can be seen at St John The Baptist Churchyard. Over 50 pieces of modern outdoor artwork have been commissioned across Chester as part of the Artworks2022 project, including sculptures from Keng Lye and Julian Opie. These installations are sure to add an extra dimension to a visit to Chester, from hidden gems among historic buildings to prominent sights along main roads.
The Great John Street Tea Rooms
Enjoy a spot of tea or a bite to eat at Chester’s newest attraction, The Great John Street Tea Rooms. This charming cafe is set in a Grade II listed building with original stained glass windows and stone arches.
Jodrell Bank is a world-famous observatory opening its doors to the public free of charge from July 2022 – September 2022. With exhibitions including “The Search for Life in the Universe” and “How Technology has Changed our Lives,” this attraction is perfect for those interested in astronomy or science. In addition, it will launch its first multi-million pound First Light Project this spring. The national heritage site was named a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2019.
Spring Blooms Chester
This new family attraction will open its doors in May 2022. Boasting a collection of over 500 different flowers, this centre is sure to put on a floral display like no other!
Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village
Home to over 160 shops, including designer brands such as Armani and Ted Baker, Cheshire Oaks has been named one of the top shopping destinations outside London by TripAdvisor since it first opened back in 2005. The popular outlet village will be getting even bigger from April 2019 when development begins on an extra 50 outlets that are set to include some big-name fashion names.
Castle Street Chester
Take a trip back in time with a visit to Chester Castle, opening its gates to the public once again from Easter – October 2022. With exhibitions including “Life in Medieval Chester” and “The Prisoners of War,” this castle is sure to educate and entertain visitors of all ages.
Whether you’re looking for something unique or want that perfect souvenir for yourself or someone else, Chester’s Castle Street is home to over 200 independent shops selling everything from clothes and jewelry to gifts and homeware.
Also known as the ‘Ramparts of England,’ these historic galleries are located along both sides of four main streets in Cheshire, with their most famous example being found right here on Eastgate Street. With original features such as stone arches and stained glass windows still intact today, it’s believed that each row originally served a different purpose, including housing or even acting as storerooms for local merchants many hundreds of years ago.
These installations are sure to add an extra dimension to a visit to Chester, from hidden gems among historic buildings to prominent sights along main roads. These rows will be subject to both online and audio walking tours. Visitors will learn more about these open floor galleries on site. Guards dressed like medieval soldiers will be on-site to offer more insight into these historic sites.
The Rows in Chester are home to over 200 independent boutiques selling everything from clothes and jewelry to gifts and homeware for those looking for some retail therapy.
Chester zoo is a multi-award-winning zoo in Cheshire. It is home to over 200 animals, including elephants, giraffes, and monkeys, and provides many educational opportunities for both children and adults alike.
The Mere – The people of Chester have used this historic lake since prehistoric times, and it’s still enjoyed today whether you’re looking for some fishing or want to take a stroll around its beautiful landscape.
Chester Town Walls
A walk along these walls will show you just how diverse this city is, with stunning views across the River Dee from one side before leading onto striking architecture on the other. These ancient defences have changed little since their initial construction during Roman times, making them an ideal subject for photographers visiting this historic city.
This cathedral is widely considered one of the most impressive buildings in England. Its location right on the edge of Chester’s old town means that it can easily be visited alongside several other attractions, including The Rows, Shambles, and Grosvenor Museum.
Chester Cathedral has undergone an extensive restoration project over the past few years, including new statues of famous figures from worldwide history and a gold-leaf ceiling, giving this historic landmark its unique look and feel.
In addition, visitors will also gain access to Castle Park, which features an amphitheatre where events such as Shakespeare plays are regularly held throughout the summer months. The site was recently named among TripAdvisor’s top ten things to do near Liverpool Street Station, making it perfect for anyone staying nearby who would like some extra sightseeing opportunities during their stay in London this year.
Ice Cream Farm
This family attraction first opened its doors back in 2002 and has been wowing visitors ever since with its extensive range of delicious ice cream flavours. From classic vanilla to more exotic options such as a chunky monkey or passion fruit & mango, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste here. This attraction offers visitors the opportunity to make their ice cream from scratch while enjoying stunning views over Chester Cathedral.
Blue Planet Aquarium
The Blue Planet Aquarium recently underwent a £17 million refurbishment and is now primed to offer visitors an even more memorable experience. Featuring over 500 species of aquatic life, this aquarium offers something for everyone, including turtles, rays, and sharks, as well as many new exhibits which are yet to be revealed.
The Chester Races
Visitors can take part in some thrilling horseracing action with these year-round races held at the local racecourse on most weekends throughout the summer months. They will also have access to arena events where you’ll get up close and personal with lions or enjoy watching monkeys getting involved too!
New & Upgraded
The Grosvenor Park Hotel is set to open in 2022 and will offer guests stunning views over the River Dee as well as easy access to all of Chester’s attractions.
The Chester Racecourse is also set to undergo a £30 million redevelopment, including a new grandstand, hotel, and spa.
National Science and Media Museum (formerly The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television) is opening a new gallery called “Space Age: From Sputnik to Star Wars” in 2022. This interactive exhibit will explore the history of space exploration and its impact on popular culture.
The Storyhouse is a brand-new theatre, cinema, and library complex opening in Chester in 2022. Boasting three auditoriums, a rooftop bar, and an extensive library, this centre is perfect for cultural vultures of all ages.
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