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  • Availability is mainly in the summer vacation period (July, August, September), when students clear their rooms
  • Rooms typically become available two to three months in advance, so please revisit the website within that period if nothing is available now
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B&B and self-catering visitor accommodation in University of Chester

Not just for students - anyone can book!

  • Staying in university accommodation is a convenient and affordable way to stay in the walled city of Chester
  • With modern Bed and Breakfast rooms it is a cost effective alternative to staying in a hostel, cheap hotel or B&B in Chester
  • Rooms are mainly available in the summer vacation period and are located in central Chester

Chester Visitor information

Chester is a city in Cheshire, in the heart of the UK about 197 Miles from London. It lies on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. Chester has a number of medieval buildings, but some of the black-and-white buildings within the city centre are actually Victorian restorations. Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in the British Isles. Apart from a 100-metre (330 ft) section, the listed Grade I walls are almost complete.

Activities of Interest

From the Cathedral to a River Cruise to Chester Zoo, there are a wealth of activities to keep visitors to Chester occupied. The zoo is home to thousands of rare and exotic species from all over the world, including elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and monkeys. Take a cruise along the River Dee, an historic tour with a Roman soldier or a culinary journey through 2000 years of local produce. The Grosvenor Shopping Centre and the Chester Market Hall offer something for shoppers and the many bars and restaurants cater for all tastes and budgets.

Getting to Chester

By Road: Chester is linked directly to the national motorway system via the M53 and London and all the major regions of the UK are easily accessible from the City. It is 188 mile from London.

By Rail: Chester is well served by the British Rail Intercity network and enjoys fast frequent rail links to London (just under 3 hours) and major cities in the UK.

By Coach: All National Express services in Chester now depart from Chester Visitor Centre by the Roman Amphitheatre. Chester Visitor Centre is the main ticket agency for National Express in Chester. Main Ticket line 08705 808080

By Air: Chester is well served by airports with Liverpool (30 minutes) and Manchester (40 minutes) from Chester providing both national and international flights.

History of Chester

Chester was founded as a "castrum" or Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the year 79AD by the Roman Legio II Adiutrix during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian. Chester's four main roads, Eastgate, Northgate, Watergate and Bridge, follow routes laid out at this time – almost 2,000 years ago. One of the three main Roman army bases, Deva later became a major settlement in the Roman province of Britannia. After the Romans left in the 5th century, the Saxons fortified the town against the Danes and gave Chester its name. The patron saint of Chester, Werburgh, is buried in Chester Cathedral.

Chester was one of the last towns in England to fall to the Normans in the Norman conquest of England. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. In 1071 he created Hugh d'Avranches, the 1st Earl of Chester.

Chester: the university

It is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham, and its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers. Education degrees are now just a small part of the 130 course combinations on offer.

Notable Alumni:

Alan Bleasdale, screenwriter, international rugby union players, John Carleton and Jon Sleightholme, Jon Clarke, international rugby league player, George Courtney, MBE, international football referee, Duffy, singer, Jo Fletcher, international footballers Matt Greenhalgh and Dick Howard, film director and screenwriter, Roderick Hunt MBE, children's author, Helen Jones MP, politician, J. Thomas Looney, devised the Oxfordian theory, James Moore, rugby union player, Tracey Neville, international netball player, Sir Walter Winterbottom, footballer and first manager of the England football team, Rob Wotton, television and radio presenter.

Reviews for Chester

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Brilliant - - was always going to check in late -- everything ready for me at 10.30PM - room warm - sparkling clean - toiletries left out for me - was in bed and snoring by 11.30 - slept really well - - was up and out by 08.30 am. This kind of provision was JUST what I needed - Thanks!

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

Sumner House is in an ideal position for access to the town centre, city walls and the bus station. The reception staff are excellent and provide immediate help with any query. The beds here are the most comfortable out of anywhere else I’ve stayed - it’s the only place where I don’t miss my bed at home!

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

The accommodation was just minutes away on foot from Chester city-centre and the staff on duty at reception were extremely helpful and friendly. Many thanks for a very pleasant stay.

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

This is the second time I have stayed in Sumner House. Very well situated for the centre of Chester, the staff on the reception desk are really helpful. Wouldn’t consider staying anywhere else when visiting Chester.

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

Very convenient for singing in the cathedral. Helpful staff on front desk. Shame the televisions didn’t work. Would use again if we were singing in Chester cathedral again.

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

Staff on the front desk were very friendly and welcoming. Room was a good size and well appointed, but the bathroom sink was not clean and the water drained very slowly.

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

Security/reception people were brilliant. Really nice and chatty and helpful with local information. I think they made the difference between a generic "yeah good" to a "yeah very good".

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable for a dormitory room but not at the standard of a hotel room. The window was broken (and taped) and the room smelled a bit. I would stay there again at the price I paid.

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester

Great stay room price fantastic. Only thing I would say bed a bit hard kept rolling in middle and window wouldn't shut properly at the top but that's fine for what we paid and would definitely stay again.

(Review Of Sumner House, Chester) Sumner House, Chester
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