View of residential houses alongside river Dee in Chester, England

Chester

Head to the Cheshire countryside and treat groups to stunning views, fresh air and wide open spaces, before discovering the delights behind the walled cathedral city of Chester.

Getting here

Cheshire is one of the UK’s most attractive, accessible and central meeting points, with high-speed connections to many major cities.

BY PLANE

Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon Airports are both just 30 minutes to Chester by road. Manchester International Airport is the largest airport in the UK outside of London. More than 70 airlines ensure Cheshire is directly connected to over 200 global destinations. Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport has direct flights from over 69 destinations.

BY TRAIN

Six mainline railway stations link Cheshire fast and frequently to the rest of the country, with more than 50 daily services from London. Regular, direct Virgin Trains connect London to Chester in just over two hours and Crewe in just 90 minutes. 

The average journey time between Manchester and Chester is one hour, seven minutes. On an average weekday, there are 84 trains travelling from Manchester to Chester. 

BY CAR

By road, the M6, M62, M56 and M53 motorway networks provide high-speed links from major cities in the North and Midlands regions. To drive from London to Chester takes around four hours.

Expertise

Astrophysics

The iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank is one of the largest steerable radio telescopes in the world. The Jodrell Bank Observatory was established in 1945 by Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester, to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. It has since played an important role in the research of meteoroids, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age.

   

Logistics and distribution

Cheshire is economically interconnected with its surrounding region. It is the gateway to the north and strategically located between the conurbations of Liverpool and Manchester, as well as being a key entry point into North Wales and the Midlands. 

A large employer with 29,000 jobs, logistics and distribution has experienced high employment and business growth in recent years. This is in part due to the development of OMEGA, a £1 billion, 575-acre mixed-use development on the M6/M62 interchange with companies such as Hermes and ASDA based there. Other large companies in the area include Eddie Stobart, Great Bear Distribution and Carrier Transicold.

   
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Finance and business services

Finance and business services is a significant sector in Cheshire with 69,125 jobs and 5,060 businesses, contributing £3.9 billion to the local economy. The region is particularly known for its financial service activities, especially banking and credit. A number of well-known, large companies have a presence in the area, including Barclays, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank and Royal London.

 

Where to stay

Chester city has over 2,700 bedrooms and a further 6,220 across the rest of the county. From serviced academic halls of residence to five-star hotels, there is accommodation to suit all budgets.

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Venues

Cheshire is a destination full of unique venues with first-class recreation and leisure activities with AA rosette-rated restaurants, relaxing spas and top-quality golf resorts on offer.

Chester Racecourse
University of Chester
The Mere Golf Resort
Carden Park
Peckforton Castle

Incentives

Golfing experiences
Outdoor pursuits at Nunsmere Hall
Land Rover Experience at Peckforton Castle
Quarry Bank Mill

Dining & social

Crewe Hall
Inglewood Manor
The Chester Grosvenor Hotel

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