Theoretically this is a return journey that takes 4 nights, 20 hours of cruising and includes 36 locks but who wouldn’t want to spend 2 or 3 days exploring this wonderful city built by the Romans who gave it the name Deva. A roman fortress and port which has many Roman ruins, as well as an almost complete set of medieval city walls which tower above the canal. Not to be missed are the famous city walls, the cathedral, one of England’s ecclesiastical masterpieces, and the Rodee which is the oldest horse race track in Britain still in use. The ‘Rows’ a fine selection of individual shops enjoying an elevated position above street level are a magnet for shoppers from many surrounding areas and major high street names are well represented too. There is no shortage of places to eat, many of which are steeped in history or full of character. For that really special occasion you could indulge in afternoon tea in the library at the Grosvenor Hotel, a truly memorable affair. Not far away is Chester Zoo acclaimed as one of the finest zoos in Europe and a big hit with children and grown-ups alike. If a ‘whirlwind, visit is all you have time for then a trip in of the open-top tour buses will ensure you see all the essential sights.