historic micro-trail: chester

looking for something a little smaller than our normal trail? head to chester - rich in history, home to a popular race course and of course, home to a few good pub stops.

Old Harkers Arms

Just 5 minutes walk from Chester railway station and located on the Shropshire Union canal, this former canal boat chandlers is a great start to visiting the city.


It is a big old warehouse space with big tables, wooden floors and a long wood panelled bar. The pub offers a good range of drinks including Brunning & Price Original and Weetwood Cheshire Cat Blonde Ale, with guests such as Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Hawkshead Windermere Pale and Titanic Plum Porter on hand-pump. It also has a great range - around 150 - of whiskies.

A dog friendly pub with a cosy feel which also boasts a good collection of board games.

The Falcon - Bridge Street

On the corner of Bridge Street in the centre of the city, The Falcon is a very old historic pub that was once a medieval town house circa 1200. Indeed it is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. Situated within the city walls on the edge of the main shopping area, it attracts a varied clientele.


It is a Samuel Smiths pub - one of two in Chester - and while this may be a disappointment for some due to the lack of choice, the pub is well worth a visit.

The Pied Bull - Northgate Street

Reputedly the city’s oldest - 1155 - this micro brewery, pub and hotel is a real gem with great beers and knowledgeable staff - a rare combination nowadays.


The pub’s interior certainly reflects its distinctive heritage, still housing an original handmade staircase dating from 1533. In 1784, a coach and four started to run from the hotel, running to Birkenhead on a regular basis


With its own brewery, the pub offers a great range of Pied Bull beers - try the Bitter 4.5%, an excellent ale.

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