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Car Hire in Chester

Car Hire in Chester

This information is correct as of April 2015

Chester is in the perfect location for road tripping around the north of England and Wales. Hire a car to make the most out of the city and its surroundings. Take day trips to breathtaking national parks, visit vibrant cities like Liverpool and Manchester, or just fill your boot with goodies from Chester’s fantastic range of high street shops. Whether you live in Chester and fancy renting a car for a road trip, or are visiting for a short break with family, you can always find the best deals on car hire with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car in Chester

You can choose from a range of top car hire brands in Chester. There’s an Avis near Chester train station, and a Hertz nearby on Trafford Street. Europcar have a base on Russell Street, near the Premier Inn. National, Thrifty and Europcar also have locations on Bumper’s Lane: this area is on the outskirts of town near the Welsh border. Northern Ferrari offer supercar hire, if you’re looking for something extra special.

Driving in Chester

Chester city centre is closed to most traffic from 10:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Saturday. The only exemptions are permit holders, blue badge holders, and black cabs. If you want to explore the city centre between these hours it’s best to park your car elsewhere and take public transport into town. There are four Park & Ride car parks in Chester. It’s free to park your car there, and an adult return bus ticket costs £2.

Parking in Chester

The local council is currently running a ‘Free after Three’ promotion in some of its car parks, where parking after 3pm doesn’t cost a penny. Note that the maximum stay limits still apply. Car parks involved in the promotion are Delamere Street (near Fountains Roundabout), Gorse Stacks (near the train station), Market Car Park (near Chester Cathedral), and Brook Street Car Park (near Northgate Arena).

Great day trips from Chester

Alton Towers

Arguably England’s best theme park, Alton Towers is about 90 minutes drive from Chester. There are white knuckle rides like Air, Nemesis, and Oblivion as well as tame rides that are more suitable for young children. Arrive before the park opens at 10am: you will definitely want to spend a whole day here.


It takes just over half an hour to reach one of Britain’s most vibrant and cultured cities, Liverpool. The capital of pop is a must-visit for fans of The Beatles, but has plenty of museums and art galleries to boot. The recently opened Liverpool One shopping centre is an excellent place to pick up some high street goodies, while the swanky Albert Dock has plenty of trendy bars and restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat.

Gwydyr Forest Park

A road trip to North Wales is a must when you’re in Chester, and this stunning forest park is only 80 minutes away by car. Private vehicles aren’t allowed on the land, so you will need to leave your car in one of the designated car parks. The park is best enjoyed on foot or on two wheels anyway, and is a great destination for a countryside ramble.

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