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Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Trip To Chester

On Tuesday, Karl and I headed down to Chester for a couple of days as a belated anniversary gift for me (damn exams getting in the way!). It is a bit of drive from where I live so took us around three hours each way but for a city as pretty as Chester, it's definitely worth the travel. We headed down into the city centre for a bit of shopping and food before checking into our hotel on the night and it was so beautiful. I'm a huge sucker for traditional, picturesque buildings and Chester is absolutely full of them, making it absolutely adorable and extremely good for those of us who always have a camera in hand! 

We ate our lunch in a cute little Italian and of course had to have pancakes in the Friends Central Perk cafe! I mean seriously, how cute is it?! It had the sofa from Friends and everything with two big TVs playing endless episodes of Friends - can you think of a better way to enjoy pancakes and milkshakes?!

 We stayed in the Crabwall Manor Hotel which is around 3 miles out of the city centre and let me tell you we were not disappointed and Karl did guuurd with picking this one! Situated on huge grounds with fountains, flowers and amazing views, the manor definitely lived up to it's name with traditional decor, winding staircases and huge fireplaces. The room was absolutely huge with the biggest bed I've ever seen, it's own little living room and a huge bathroom with a walk in shower. It was absolute bliss.

Of course, we couldn't visit Chester without spending a day at the zoo! It's no secret that Karl and I are huge animal lovers and we must have visited almost all of the zoos in the country! Chester Zoo is absolutely huge (as evidenced by the huge blisters on my feet!) which is always a plus with a zoo as it meant that the animals were kept in nice big enclosures. They have every kind of animal you could imagine, including a huge variety of monkeys which are one of my favourite animals to see in a zoo! I could stand and watch them all day, especially the little cheeky ones who play and act like humans. I think my favourite part of the zoo was the bat cave, where you walked into a dark forest themed room with bats flying all around you. They're such beautiful creatures and being so close to them was amazing!

 So that was our trip to Chester! Luckily we've got a couple more trips booked in the next month or so before we head to Egypt in September which I'm so happy about - I don't know how I could have gotten through the wait until the holiday without something else to look forward to!

Amy x

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  1. I've only been to Chester a couple of times but I love it, it's such a beautiful little city - I love going somewhere with a bit of charm and character. I've not been to the zoo so next time we're that way I'll definitely check it out.

    Chloe x

  2. great post ! I would love to visit Chester ! loving the pictures too


  3. Now I really want to go to Chester :) It looks so magical and charming and the hotel room looks incredible! Glad you had a good time there! x

    love, Natt x


  4. Chester looks lovely, id love to visit the central perk, your hotel looks so beautiful x


  5. Aaah, I live in Chester but I definitely do not appreciate it. Photos are lovely, glad you had a good time!x

    Rachel | A Little Grey

  6. Great pictures! Chester looks like such a pretty place and the hotel looks so nice. Definitely somewhere I would like to visit. :)

  7. Your pictures are fabulous, and you've made me want to visit Chester again, I've only been for the zoo but need to visit again, clearly! :D

    Livvy // www.dungarees-and-donuts.co.uk

  8. Oooh, it looks like you had a fantastic time in Chester! If I am ever able to go there, I would love to visit the zoo!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  9. Chester is so beautiful, living locally I tend to visit every other month and it's such a good place for shopping too!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

  10. Such an idyllic place! I'd definitely be spending all my time in Central Perk haha x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

  11. The hotel looks fabulous!! And your aquarium photos are amazing too. Haven't been to Chester zoo since I was little!


  12. Oooh it looks so pretty! Love the buildings! & the hotel looks lovely! x


  13. Chester looks absolutely beautiful! The zoo is always something i enjoy when i visit :)

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.blogspot.co.uk

  14. Chester looks amazing!! I have never really had chance to have a proper look round when I visit my sister but would love to see more of the sights :) xx


  15. I've been to Chester too and I loved it! Sounds like you had an amazing time too, great photos! x


  16. These photos are all gorgeous. I would love to go to that cafe too!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

  17. What a beautiful places! I'd like to go there someday, I wish.


  18. I love Chester! It's not far from me, so I go regularly. The hotel looks incredible! Glad you had a fab time.

    Lucy x- Yellowicing


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