Arts and Culture in Chester

Fancy a trip to the theatre or taking in an exhibition while you’re staying with us? Here’s our guide to some of our favourite places and things to do…

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Storyhouse is Chester’s theatre, cinema, library and so much more. This is a place where everyone is welcome and there is so much going on all of the time. The theatre programme is packed full of amazing performances, shows, talks, comedy gigs – all delivered with passion and all accessible to everyone. The cinema shows great big blockbusters as well as art and independent movies and the library is a huge space where you can lose yourself for hours at a time. Storyhouse also has a fabulous bar and kitchen serving superb Eastern Mediterranean food, and there are many open community events where everyone is welcome.

The Summer months bring with them Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre which is delivered by Storyhouse – a purpose-built open-air theatre in picturesque Grosvenor Park, with a fabulous programme of performances like Jungle Book, Romeo & Juliet and so many other classic tales and stories – and just a short stroll from Edgar House!

Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR. Telephone 01244 409113

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Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence, a unique blend of modern and medieval history.

Book on to one of the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours and explore the magnificent building which is a national treasure within the heart of Chester. 

The Cathedral is not only a great place to visit but it also has many events scheduled throughout the year. If you love classical music then you can enjoy performances from the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chester Music Society plus a series of wellbeing events including Sound Baths, Candlelight Yoga and so much more – and of course the Easter and Christmas schedules are always magical!

For more information, regular service times and details of forthcoming events, check out the website.

St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY. Telephone 01244 324756

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Throughout the year there are a number of fabulous festivals taking place all over the city including The Chester Food and Drink Festival, the Chester Literature Festival and lots more!

For the full line-up of What’s On in and around Chester, follow this link:

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The Grosvenor Museum

The small Grosvenor Museum is full of surprises that tell the stories of Cheshire from pre-history to the 20th century. The Roman galleries explore Roman life and death in the Roman fortress of Deva and display the largest group of Roman memorial stones from a single site in Britain. Nine room sets illustrate changing fashions in domestic interiors from the 17th century to the 1920s. The paintings and sculpture in the Art Gallery span half a millennium of art in Cheshire. The Silver Gallery presents the definitive collection of Chester silver. The galleries have a range of interactive models, screens, dressing up and activities to make the visit enjoyable for all interests.

27 Grosvenor St, Cheshire, Chester CH1 2DD. Telephone 01244 972197

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Cheshire Military Museum

The Cheshire Military Museum tells the story of the Cheshire Soldiers from the 17th Century right through to the present day. Follow the exploits of the Regiments of Cheshire and their travels across the world during many great battles. Learn about the wars they fought, experience life in the trenches for a World War One soldier and immerse yourself in the history of the soldiers.

27 Grosvenor St, Cheshire, Chester CH1 2DD. Telephone 01244 327617

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Watergate Street Art Gallery

This is a split-level space with a fabulous cellar area, perfect for all kinds of art and creative classes. Owner Alex Sharp is dedicated to bringing art to everyone and we absolutely love their Paint and Prosecco workshops, the perfect mindfulness activity for couples, friends, small groups and also on your own.

60-62 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LA. Telephone 01244 345698


Baron Fine Art

Baron Fine Art gallery is an independent art gallery and have been trading for over 30 years. They sell a very diverse range of high quality 19th -21st century oil paintings, watercolours, etchings and sculptures.

68 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LA. Telephone 01244 342520


Whitewall Gallery

Whitewall Galleries offers beautiful and innovative original paintings, collectable editions and sculptures from internationally acclaimed artists alongside the most exciting emerging talents.

Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Unit 5 -7, St Michael’s Row, Chester CH1 1EL. Telephone 01244 400401


The Julie Colclough Gallery

Julie Colclough is a renowned professional artist with a unique style developed over a lifetime of painting for international clients. Whether you want to invest in original art or buy a superb limited edition at a reasonable price, Julie will help. We have one of her works at Edgar House. Can you find it?

9 Watergate Row South, Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LE. Telephone 07742 537145


Alison Bradley Gallery

British artist Alison Bradley’s oil paintings, charcoal drawings and prints capture the essence of Snowdonia, North Wales, the Lake District, Yorkshire, and Chester – the majestic landscape of mountains and lakes, the loyal friendship of farmer and sheepdog, the sweeping coastal vistas, and the energy of horse racing at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee Racecourses.

In the gallery you will find a selection of Alison’s oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Her subjects cover the landscape of Snowdonia and North Wales, the Lake District, Yorkshire, Wirral, the Borders, Chester, Equestrian and Racing, Animals and Rural Life, and the Coast.

42 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LA. Telephone 01244 315000

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