The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Chester

In this guide, we’ll go over everything you’ll ever need to know about living in Chester!

Chester Insights
Living and working in Chester
Chester Crime Rate
Schools in Chester
Shopping in Chester
Hotels in Chester
Top places to visit in Chester
Top places to eat in Chester
Chester FAQs

Chester Insights

Chester is a fantastic area to live in, with a wide selection of independent and major stores, facilities, bars, restaurants, and activities all on your doorstep. The historic heart of Chester, which is bordered by the magnificent River Dee, is steeped in history. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque city than Chester, with its famous Roman ruins and breath-taking Cathedral, as well as its well-preserved town, city walls, and beautiful mediaeval architecture.

You can enjoy a walk around the city walls, go horse racing, picnic in Grosvenor Park, or schedule a river cruise or open-top bus trip. Only a mile outside of the city is the world-famous Chester Zoo, which is a fantastic day out for the whole family.

Chester, Cheshire

Living and Working in Chester

Chester is considered an affordable place to live in. House prices in 2021 have an average cost of £292,460, which is more affordable than many other cities in the UK. Chester is also named as one of the happiest places to live and work in the UK. In fact, the average salary in Chester now stands at around £30K.

Living in Chester

Chester Crime Rate

While it is impossible to find a place where it is 100% safe, Chester is ranked as the second safest city in Cheshire County. However, the most reported crime in Chester is violence, which includes sexual offences whereas the least reported crime is theft from a person. Out of all cities, towns, and villages in the UK, Chester ranks the 48th safest place.

Schools in Chester

If you are looking for primary schools, there are many options. Chester Blue Coat Church of England Primary School and Saighton C of E Primary School & Pre-School have a “good” Ofsted rating. Guilden Sutton C of E Primary School has an “outstanding” Ofsted rating. Blacon High School and The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School have an Ofsted rating of “good” and are very popular if you are looking for secondary schools. Christleton High School is another option for secondary school with an Ofsted rating of “outstanding”.

West Cheshire College

The college provides higher education to prepare those wanting to enter university or further education through many different courses as well as facilities that help in providing the best experience to the students.

University of Chester

Occupying five campus sites, the University of Chester is a popular choice for international students, offering many services, including a pickup service from the airport as well as special welcome events.

Shopping in Chester

Grosvenor Shopping Centre is the most known shopping centre in Chester, hosting around 70 stores that cover almost all your shopping needs. There are different events hosted in the centre, so make sure you check out their website.   A low-key option for shopping is Forum Shopping Centre where you will find local shops, a café, and a pharmacy. Greyhound Retail Park, is another option featuring retail shops, including Currys PC World, along with some of everyone’s favourite food chains, including McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Hotels in Chester

Mill Hotel & Spa – located only 5 minutes walking from the main train station, the hotel provides a leisure centre with a pool along with 5 eateries. A hair salon and beauty spa is also offered, making it a perfect choice for a relaxed trip.

Crowne Plaza Chester – Within the old city walls, the hotel is near to the historic cobblestone shopping streets and Rows. Crowne Plaza Chester has an indoor heated pool, a hot tub, and a modern gym in the historic city centre. For an extra price, private parking is provided on-site.

The Queen at Chester Hotel – a very unique Victorian design hotel and rooms, the hotel is located just opposite the Chester train station, offering different dining options as well as comfortable stays suitable for whatever your travel purpose is.

Top 10 places to visit in Chester:

  1. Chester Cathedral
  2. Chester Zoo
  3. Chester Rows
  4. River Dee
  5. Eastgate & Eastgate Clock
  6. Grosvenor Park Minature Railway
  7. Grosvenor Park
  8. Storyhouse
  9. Chester Roman Gardens
  10. Grosvenor Museum

Top 10 places to eat in Chester:

  1. Meltdown Chester
  2. Pierogi
  3. Marmalade
  4. Bean and Cole
  5. Atina Kitchen
  6. Revolution Chester
  7. Pesto at The Yacht
  8. The Bluebell Café at Barrowmore
  9. Moules a Go-Go
  10. Istanbul BBQ

Chester FAQs:

Where is the hospital in Chester?

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the main hospital in Chester, located in Liverpool road. It provides a 24 hour service to help everyone with any emergencies in healthcare.

What is the closest airport to Chester?

The closest airport to Chester is Hawarden Airport, which is only 5 miles away.

Need a Locksmith in Chester?

There are many ways you can do to keep you safe in Chester; however, your local Chester Locksmith will make sure you are as secure as you could be whether you installing or repairing any essential home security item or in need for Chester free advice on all security tips. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Chester provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more, is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on-site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider living in Chester, such as moving houses, so check out our Moving Home Checklist  to help you along the way! If you’re considering improving the security of your home further still, checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here! Make sure you follow all burglary and crime statistics in Chester here!

View our Keytek® Locksmiths Chester page to find your local Locksmith today or call us on 01244 886163!