5th Prettiest City in Europe

Chester has been voted 5th prettiest city in Europe in an online poll of USA today and 10best.com readers, beating prague, venice and Paris.

The article explained: “In Chester, Roman walls surround a charming collection of Tudor and Victorian buildings and a delightful shopping district filled with half-timbered shops reminiscent of a Grimm tale.

“There’s not a modern structure in sight, making Chester one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Cheshire.”

The full top ten list:

1. Riga, Latvia

2. Bergen, Norway

3. Innsbruck, Austria

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

5. Chester, England

6. Prague, Czech Republic

7. Budapest, Hungary

8. Santorini, Greece

9. Venice, Italy

10. Bruges, Belgium

Chester Civil War Breaks

A  Fantastic 2 night Civil War themed package break including:

Day One:

Check in from 2pm
Afternoon Tea & Civil War Talk An introduction to the history of the Civil War in Chester
Civil War themed Dinner A 3 course Dinner in the Canaletto Restaurant

Day Two

Breakfast in the Canaletto Restaurant
The Great Siege of Chester and Battle of Rowton Moor Bus Tour A two hour coach tour for further details scroll down
A Civil War Sausage and Mash Dinner Banquet and Dessert
The Chester Civil War Pub Tour A walking tour around the city centre for further details scroll down

Day Three

Breakfast in the Canaletto Restaurant


Rates based on 2 adults sharing a standard double room, single supplement may apply. All Bookings are subject to availability.


We invite you to the most momentous episode in English history…. The English Civil War – and Chester’s pivotal role in it.

The whole of England was locked in a desperate fight for the very future of England herself! For the Parliamentarians, the military genius of Oliver Cromwell and his New Model Army pitched headlong against the Royalist forces of the Stuart King Charles I in the bloodiest war in the nation’s history.

The epic struggle between elected democracy and the absolute power of monarchy pitched brother against brother, father against son and town against city…… and that includes Chester!

It’s September 1645, and after three years of bitter conflict, the English Civil War is reaching its decisive climax. In a last, desperate bid to keep the only port in England still loyal to the King in Royalist hands, Charles leads a large force in an attempt to break the parliamentary siege of Chester.

The Great Siege of Chester & The Battle of Rowton Moor Tour

In the comfort of a coach we’ll take you on a 350 year old journey of intrigue, treachery and violence as the very future of England is fought over – to the death!   All the pivotal Civil War locations within the city walls and Rowton Moor are included in the tour, the key buildings including the house where King Charles slept, the nerve centres of the the siege, the pubs where Royalist troops drank and the defensive cannon redoubts set up to protect the City against the Parliamentary Army’s murderous siege and the actual Rowton Moor battlefield where one of the most important battles of the whole Civil War took place on a cold autumn day back in 1645 are included in this tour. We also take you into the tower and stand at the very spot where King Charles stood as he watched his Royalist army at the battle of Rowton Moor.

Our guides will paint a vivid picture of the grim reality of living under siege conditions in the mid 17th century. How did the average Cestrian survive when everyday supplies were cut off? What did they eat? How did they dispose of their dead? How did they keep the Parliamentary forces out – and who finally prevailed in this fight for the City of Chester?

Chester Civil War Pubs Tour

One for the Connoisseurs – visitors can sample a great range of real ales in the same historic hostelries which were actually frequented by both Cavaliers and Roundheads over 350 years ago. This is a superb tour of up to 6 of Chester’s historic public houses and every single one of them has a story to tell from the English Civil War. We ask you to support these local businesses and keep them going for another 400+ years by purchasing a drink in each pub we visit.

Each pub is at least 400 years old – unique atmospheres, superb real ales, great food and a knowledgable guide to tell the story of each pub and of its role in the English Civil War.

Upcoming Dates

26th May 2014, 28th July 2014, 24th September 2014

The Mill Hotel & Spa and Chester Civil War Tours in partnership

The Mill Hotel & Spa Chester goes the extra Mile… Again

Once again the Mill Hotel is leading the way and has installed the first car charging point in Chester.

As part of their Go Green plan the Directors of the Mill Hotel Gordon and Gary Vickers recognised there is a need for a car charging point in Chester. Gordon Vickers says “The number of Electric cars on UK Roads is increasing year on year and with manufacturers introducing more models every year numbers are set to continuing growing. With this fact in mind we noticed there are currently very few charging points in Cheshire and none at all in Chester City Centre. As part of our Go Green Plans we are recognising the need to support modern Technology to reduce both our and the UK’s Carbon Footprint”. The first car to utilise the new charging point was a new Mitsubishi i-MiEV from Gallaghers of Sandycroft.

The Hotels Go Green plan uses the rhino as a symbol to represent protecting the planet for the future. The Rapid Rhino Charger stations are located in the car park of the hotel, Free Parking and Free Charging is available to all hotel guests, whether they are staying for lunch, a meeting, a spa treatment or a short break, plug in your car when you arrive and sit back and enjoy your day or night at the Hotel.  “we like to say we are the Hotel that goes the extra mile but now we can say we help our customers go the extra 100 miles with their free car charge”


Complimentary Cycle Hire

free cycle hire is available to all hotel guests.

Prebooking essential