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What do TripAdvisor reviewers have to say about Chester's top attractions?

Visitors share their experiences of some of the city's major tourist attractions

Ian Cooper
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Chester has something for all when it comes to tourism, but how much of a lasting impression does it have on its visitors?

Website TripAdvisor allows sightseers, diners and guests to share their experiences of things to do, restaurants and hotels worldwide.

The large majority of comments about Chester are glowing.

All of the city's top attractions have at least a four-star rating on the site, but it does not stop the negative opinions creeping in.

Here is what a few reviewers have had to say. And as you will see, some people are very hard to please.

Walls of Chester

Jake Rooney Chester City Walls
Chester City Walls

Chester's Roman walls are the city's highest-rated attraction on the site, with more than 1,500 excellent reviews.

Walking the walls is praised as being one of the best ways to learn about their history, as well as taking in Chester's best sights in the process.


There are only seven negative reviews by comparison, but clearly not everyone enjoyed their stroll.


Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo annual stocktake 2016. Keeper Peter Watson adds male red panda Jung to the count
Chester Zoo annual stocktake 2016. Keeper Peter Watson adds male red panda Jung to the count

Second on the list for must-see things to do is Chester Zoo, which boasts a TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice award for 2015.

With improvements such as the £40m Islands project now complete, the zoo is still expanding as the yearly body count of animals gets under way.

By far the most-visited attraction, there are more 5,700 customer reviews which are overwhelmingly positive.


But despite being named the best zoo in the UK and the seventh best in the world in 2015, some customers were not satisfied.


Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral

Standing proudly at the peak of the city's skyline, Chester Cathedral remains a huge attraction for tourists.

The festive period has seen a series of events held, including screenings of the Snowman and a number of concerts.

Visitors praised what was on offer and not least the stunning architecture.


But one guest was not happy with a tour guide's timekeeping.


Chester Racecourse

A full house prepare for the off at Chester Racecourse Stella Artois Midsummer meet on Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thousands flock to the city every year for race weekends.

Steeped in history with meetings dating back to the 16th century, the stunning setting makes it one of Chester's most recognisable features.

Awarded best in Britain for racehorse owners in December, the racecourse comes in 12th in TripAdvisor's list of things to do.


But not every race-goer was enamoured with their experience.


Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

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A summer favourite, the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is run by production company Chester Performs.

Plays on show in 2015 included Romeo and Juliet, The Wind in the Willows and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

TripAdvisor users clearly enjoyed their night out, with 56 out of 63 visitors rating it as excellent.


There are no one-star reviews of the theatre on the site, and the only fault customers could find seemed to be the weather.


River Dee

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Winding through the city, the River Dee has plenty to offer as a tourist attraction.

You can take a walk along the banks, take a boat out on to the water or simply sit back and enjoy the view.


But one reviewer could not resist adding their sarcastic input.


What do you think of this story? Which reviewers do you agree with? Let us know in the comments below



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