Treasure Hunt Chester

Have fun and see Chester a different way

You’re going to Chester and you want to have some fun. There’s plenty to see but it’s hard to know where to start.

It’s no fun wandering aimlessly. Feeling like you’re missing the cool areas or the lesser known sites. You don’t want to spend all your time looking at your phone, not actually seeing anything. With your other half getting bored and hungry.

What about planning your own route and hoping for the best? Sounds like a lot of work trawling blog posts and reading reviews. And you’ll probably miss the hidden gems as all the blogs just list the same attractions.

Will you find a decent route or are you going to end up walking along the noisy ring-road when there’s a lovely section of riverside nearby?

You know Chester’s got some lovely pubs, amazing timber buildings and loads of Roman stuff to see. It’s just a question of having fun seeing it all.

Treasure Hunt Chester

Pore over treasure maps and ponder cryptic clues.

Scour Chester's ancient streets to find the answers.

A dotted path where X marks the spot
The magnificent Chester Cathedral in the sunshine

Follow a carefully designed route around Chester. Admire great views of the cathedral from the Roman walls. Wander through the beautiful Grosvenor park and the riverside. Take the lesser known path but still see the Rows and the other main sights.

Spot things other people don't notice like the medieval mystery set into the wall of St John's ruins.

Learn some fun facts and stories like how a Roman soldier left graffiti boasting about his boss. Nothing too heavy, you're here to have fun!

A group of friends looking for a clue from a bridge

Go at your own pace. Pop into tea shops or taverns you spot along the route. No rush.

A dotted path where X marks the spot

Don't take our word for it: we're rated ★★★★★ on Tripadvisor with 105 reviews.

Are you organising a special occasion? 🎉

Treasure Hunt Chester will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.

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Great fun, outdoor activity

We loved puzzling out the clues and each one of us was able to contribute something to solve the puzzles. This activity was a great way to explore the city and we spent four hours on the treasure hunt, with leisurely stops for lunch, coffee and ice cream.

Jill H, Tripadvisor

Excellent, loved it.

This is our second Treasure Hunt (we've also done Liverpool) and we enjoyed this one even more than the first! We live in Chester and know our way round pretty well but we were surprised by how much we didn't notice that the treasure hunt pointed out. Highly recommended.

Phil D, Tripadvisor

It works like a WhatsApp
group chat

You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Plus, you get to start when you want.

1. Follow maps 🧭

Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around Chester.

The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”

Captain Bess Now for a change of scene, let's head down by the river...

2. Search for answers 🔎

Bess sends you a series of clues and you have to search the city for answers.

Good banter from Captain Bess who sends you the clues!”

Captain Bess A family firm,
who slowly became
Forgotten and faded,
what was their name?

Black Beard Beth Jones?

Captain Bess Nay, yer askin' to be walkin' the plank!

Long Joe Silver Wills?

Captain Bess Aye! That's it!

3. Learn some facts 🎓

Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting in Chester!”

We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.

Captain Bess It's a fire insurance mark, to show the firemen ye've paid yer dues! If not, they'd stand by 'n' watch yer house burn, imagine that!

4. Play together 👨‍👩‍👦

Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!

We had such a laugh and a great day out!

Captain Bess Ahoy there! Ye must be the one they're talking about. Lookin' to join me ship, the Rising Pearl?

Buccaneer Beth Yes!

Captain Bess Ye'll be needin' help, have ye a crew?

Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.

Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.

Parrot Pete Arrrrrrr!

Lianne Pinkbeard I'm ready to set sail! ⚓️

Reserve your game

... for FREE!

A different way to see Chester

A treasure hunt is more like a game than a traditional tour. You have to follow treasure maps, solve cryptic clues and keep your eyes peeled to find the answers.

You’ll have some banter with our friendly pirate Captain Bess. She’ll put you in your place if you get too many answers wrong!

Take your time, go at your own pace

You can start when you like, there’s no fixed start time. You can even finish the next day if you get stuck in a nice pub!

Fancy a picnic in Grosvenor park? Go ahead. Take it at your own pace. Enjoy the quaint pubs and cafes along the route.

Play on your own terms. It's just you and your team, like a private tour.

A lovely way to explore Chester

I liked that we could go at our own pace and stop for coffee or lunch whether we saw a nice spot. We took a buggy with our baby daughter and we appreciated that the route was accessible for us with dropped kerbs and no steps.

Travellator2013, Tripadvisor

Start playing in 60 seconds

It’s all on your phones, there’s nothing to print or collect.

Book online and you’ll get a link to start your game straight away.

You can rearrange or cancel

We’re flexible. If you change your mind, or if you can't make it to Chester, play another day or cancel for free.

Fun or your money back

We think you're going love Treasure Hunt Chester!

If you don't have fun, we promise to give your money back. We'll ask for a quick chat on the phone to understand what went wrong.

See more than just the Rows

No spoilers! You'll see the main sites like the Roman walls, the Rows and the river, but the real fun is finding the clues and uncovering a few hidden gems.

Amazing experience and a great way to view the city!

Visited part of the town I have never explored after living nearby all my life.

SMates, Tripadvisor

Chester Cathedral - an ancient abbey situated in the heart of the historic city.

The magnificent Chester Cathedral in the sunshine

The City Walls - the oldest, longest and most complete city walls in Britain. Full of history with stunning views.

Eastgate Clock - it is said to be the most photographed clock in England after Big Ben!

The stunning Eastgate Clock in the centre of Chester

The Roman Amphitheatre - dating from the 1st century it was used for entertainment and military training and was the largest in Britain.

The Roman Gardens - an elegant garden featuring fragments of excavated Roman fortresses and buildings.

Chester’s Roman Gardens, photographed from the city walls

Grosvenor Park - a fine Victorian park and with tree lined avenues and sweeping lawns surrounded by ornamental beds.

The River Dee - a beautiful river with the ’Groves’ on the bank, a vibrant promenade with bandstand, cafés and pubs.

The splendid River Dee and the Groves with its quaint bandstand

Autumn By The Dee by Tim Dutton

Storyhouse - an award-winning theatre, cinema and library housed in a remodelled 1936 cinema.

The Rows - a series of half-timbered buildings with raised walkways dating back to medieval times.

The Rows with their two-story timberclad walkways

By the end, you'll have seen the best parts of the city, and have some ideas about where to go next.

What if it rains? 

If it's patchy rain, you can pop into a riverside cafe or a medieval pub along the route: the treasure hunt is flexible.

If it's really bad and you fancy playing the next day, that's fine. Or you can split it over two days if you like.

If it's really chucking it down and you don't fancy a swim in the Dee, we’ll give your money back, even if you've started the game.

Will it be too difficult?

Don't worry! The treasure hunt has some tricky clues, but if you get stuck you can ask for a hint.

We make sure you don't get completely stuck wandering around the Roman amphitheatre...

Will I have fun if I'm from Chester?

Yes! You already know the city, but we bet you'll notice things you've walked past a hundred times before.

We've worked hard to find the less-obvious stuff - beyond the typical blue plaques - and some interesting stories and anecdotes. You're going to have a great time!

Is it suitable for kids?

The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.

A family perched on a sculpture playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Younger ones are welcome though you may have to help by interpreting the clues and Captain Bess' pirate speak.

The whole route is pushchair friendly, avoiding steps or showing step-free alternative routes.

We’re a family of four with a 13 year old and a 11 year old. Mum was map reader, dad reminded kids about clues, and kids were hunting for clues.”

—Lexie, Tripadvisor

A fantastic way to see the sights of Chester

Kept our 2 children’s (13 & 10) attention throughout. Clues are pitched at the right level with good hints when needed.


Will it be too physical?

It's 2½ miles walking but there are lots of places to rest, like excellent pubs, cafes on the river and the lovely Grosvenor park.

Ready for a different way to see Chester?

  • Follow a carefully designed route around Chester.
  • See the Roman highlights as well as parks, picturesque streets, and some hidden gems.
  • Start whenever you like, take it at your own pace.
  • 2–3½ hours of fun outdoors.

How does it work?
Play the demo 📱 (win a prize!)

Getting organised?
Plan your day 📋

Have questions?
Email us 💌
or text us
07380 309380

“We loved puzzling out the clues and each one of us was able to contribute something to solve the puzzles. This activity was a great way to explore the city and we spent four hours on the treasure hunt, with leisurely stops for lunch, coffee and ice cream.”

—Jill H, Tripadvisor

Telephone: 01244 662 448
Text us: 07380 309380

The Romans and The River starts from:
Town Hall, 33 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ