Exploring outside Chester

Some of our students prefer to explore Chester and the surrounding area on their own or with friends. There is an excellent local transportation system which enables students to discover our region on their own.

Local buses enable students to get to many places that local people love to visit. Cheshire Oaks (a designer outlet village) always attracts a lot of people. Buses also link Chester with some very picturesque Cheshire villages and historic market towns like Nantwich and Llangollen. There is also a bus service to Chester Zoo and to a number of historic houses in the region.

The train service to Liverpool and Manchester is excellent and it is only two hours by direct train to London. There are also trains along the North Wales coast going to Holyhead in Anglesey, where it is possible to take a ferry to Dublin. You may need a visa! Other very interesting and beautiful places can be discovered after a short train journey. Shrewsbury, Port Sunlight and coastal Llandudno are popular choices.

Some of our students, particularly from Latin America and the Far East, use Chester as a base for exploring Europe. There are many low cost flights from our local airports in Liverpool and Manchester. This means that an exciting weekend in places like Amsterdam, Paris, Rome or Barcelona is an affordable possibility.

These are some of the places within easy travelling distance of Chester which you can explore in your free time...

  • Llangollen


    Take the bus to Llangollen for the full flavour of Wales on the River Dee.

  • Cheshire Oaks

    Cheshire Oaks

    Our nearest designer retail outlet park with bargain prices for everyone.

  • Liverpool One

    Liverpool One

    Liverpool is really easy to get to by train and there is so much to see.

  • Chester Zoo

    Chester Zoo

    World-famous Chester Zoo is always worth a visit at any time of year.

  • Burwardsley


    Great views of the Cheshire Plain and ideal for beautiful country walks.

  • Caernarfon


    Wales has several impressive, historic castles which are easy to get to by train.

  • Tatton Park

    Tatton Park

    One of Cheshire's big houses with large gardens, a farm and a park.

  • Port Sunlight

    Port Sunlight

    An historic, purpose-built village featuring the Lady Lever art gallery.

  • Nantwich


    A typical Cheshire market town that is well worth exploring.

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    Beeston Castle

    A mediaeval fortress and a good place to start walking the Sandstone Trail.

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    Manley Mere

    Outdoor adventure trail in the beautiful Cheshire countryside.

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    Only 2 hours from Chester by direct train - great for a day trip or weekend.