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Where to stay in Chester

We will be getting off the ferry in Holyhead about 7pm or 19:00 and plan to drive as far as Chester, spend the night and then drive on to Keswick the next day. Our plan right now is to just spend the night and get up and go but I'm wondering if any of you experts can recommend places to stay close to an interesting sight in Chester. So when we get up, we can drive by or walk around the sight (not more than an hour or so) and then go on to Keswick. Maybe the Wall? Sounds like a pretty town and would like to see part of it since we'll be there but haven't budgeted time to really explore the town.
Thanks for your help.

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Yes, Chester is a very pretty town, and we enjoyed our visit. However, I'm afraid I can't give you names of places to stay. We arrived in May (quite a number of years ago) with no reservations. There were 4 of us, and we ended up getting two rooms above a pub right in the town (it might have been Old King's Head?) - very convenient to walk to sites. But, because of the pub the rooms were very noisy. The next day we went into the Tourist Office and they gave us the name of a very nice B&B that was about a 2 block walk to the town. I notice on the web there are quite a few B&B's listed and a number of pubs with rooms.

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I don't know what is worth seeing around Chester since we don't cover it in our guidebooks. However, I do know that Conwy is on the way to Chester from Holyhead and is picture perfect. The drive from Holyhead to Chester is about 1.5 hours so at best you wouldn't be there until about 8:30 or 9pm. Conwy is 45 minutes from Holyhead so restaurants will still be open when you get there. As for things to see and do around there, Conwy has a great castle. Nearby is Canaerfon castle and Snowdonia National park. If you started early you could drive through the park up to Chester on the way to Keswick. Chester to Keswick is about 1.5 hours one way. For more suggestions on Chester I would recommend looking at a Lonely Planet guidebook. I hope this helps some.

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Thanks, checked out smooth Hound but couldn't figure out ratings.
And yes we are driving through Conwy but we're spending two nights there before we go to Holyhead. And from there we go to Penrith. It's too far to drive that late at night so hence the idea to stop in Chester.
I think we'll do the Abode-not a lot of character, but right location and good price.
Unless, of course, we can stay at Pamela's mum's house.

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Thanks, checked out smooth Hound but couldn't figure out ratings.
And yes we are driving through Conwy but we're spending two nights there before we go to Holyhead. And from there we go to Penrith. It's too far to drive that late at night so hence the idea to stop in Chester.
I think we'll do the Abode-not a lot of character, but right location and good price.
Unless, of course, we can stay at Pamela's mum's house.

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Thanks Emma, I too can imagine the look on your mum's face. I lived in Pebmarsh, near Colchester for a while when I was young and had the best neighbors. Wendy and Robin, the young couple with a new baby. Mrs. Lambert, the elderly lady whose children made her move out of her home. The "doctor" who had a different woman to stay each weekend. And Mary from Scotland that was adamant that she wasn't Scotch but Scottish.
Only been back to England once since then so really looking forward to seeing the sights but mostly seeing the people.

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lasmith,

Another worthwhile sight in Chester is the cathedral, especially the beautifully carved medieval choir stalls. Just north of the main shopping area as I recall.