A Family & Friends Railcard costs just £30 a year and can save up to 60% on kids’ fares and take a substantial 1/3-off the price of adult rail tickets. Plus, you can get out of the driving seat, take the train and make travelling as much fun as arriving on your next family day out. Apply online for a Railcard in minutes and don’t forget to have a look at the fantastic offers on shows, events and festivals that are part of the deal too - all year round.
If you need a good reason for a family day out in Chester, the city can give you over 9000 without thinking twice. That’s roughly how many rare, endangered and just plain thrilling animals live at Chester Zoo. Named UK’s Best Zoo in 2015, it’s also number six in Trip Advisor’s world top ten – just behind San Diego and Singapore. Which is pretty incredible, considering it’s only an hour by train from Manchester. Spread out over 50 hectares of gorgeous parkland, even if you use the cute monorail to get about, zoo fun easily fills an entire day.
The city of Chester itself is packed with stuff to see and do. Show kids the legendary medieval ‘Rows’ and they won’t need convincing to walk round half-timbered, higgledy-piggledy shops – the kind of authentic fairy tale Disney dreams about. Then there’s the 11th century castle and spectacular wall-walk to explore. And, if you think churches are a bit on the dry side, visit Chester Cathedral and think again. Not only is the building magnificent, it’s in the process of being reproduced with 350,000 Lego bricks and young visitors can watch the master builders at work and do a bit of construction themselves. Leave some time for the Cathedral Falcon Garden too. It’s one of a kind and getting up close to birds, chatting to the falconers and watching flying displays is another unforgettable only-in-Chester experience for kids.