Wrapped in two miles of stunning medieval stonework, Chester is one of the best-preserved walled cities in the UK. Pick up the footpath along the top of the ramparts for mesmerising views, but pay particular attention to the clock above Eastgate - the most-photographed timepiece in England after Big Ben.
And look out for The Rows in Northgate, which are perfect examples of the Victorian black-and-white revival. A trip to Chester isn't complete without taking in the cathedral, with its impressive carved canopy and organ. Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, restoration works took place over a period of 125 years, and today its mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles makes it a true British marvel to be enjoyed especially during a choral recital or classical concert.
The Grosvenor Museum's collection of Roman tombstones is also a must-see, as its sister museum, 20 Castle Street, another delight with eclectically furnished rooms in all different historical styles. The Dewa Roman Experience is also worth a look with its interactive reconstruction of a Roman street.
If you'd rather interact with more than 12,000 phenomenal animals, Chester Zoo, the best in the UK, has over 400 different species, including exotic and endangered animals from all over the globe.