Of course you've seen the Minster, the Shambles and Clifford's Tower…
Just like everyone else. Like all those "top 5 things to do in York" guides.
But that's not really you.
You like to see more. Spot the lesser known sights. Find the quirky, indie cafe. Live like a local.
You like a bit of history, but not a three-hour lecture.
You like to see the city on your own terms and
have a bit of fun.
If you haven't heard of a treasure hunt,
you're in for a treat.
It's the best way for people like you to see the city.
Designed for adults, it's like a walking tour crossed with an escape room.
Pore over treasure maps and ponder cryptic clues.
Scour Chester's ancient streets to find the answers.
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!
Go at your own pace. Pop into tea shops or taverns you spot along the route. No rush.
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Treasure Hunt Chester will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.
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.
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.
You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.
Plus, you get to start when you want.
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!”
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!”
Black Beard Beth
Long Joe Silver
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 will invite you all to join the hunt!
We had such a laugh and a great day out!
Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.
Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.
... for FREE!
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!
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.
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.
We’re flexible. If you change your mind, or if you can't make it to Chester, play another day or cancel for free.
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.
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.
Chester Cathedral - an ancient abbey situated in the heart of the historic city.
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 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.
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.
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.
By the end, you'll have seen the best parts of the city, and have some ideas about where to go next.
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.
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...
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!
The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.
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.”
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.
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.
FREE cancellation for any reason
£9.99 per adult
“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
Town Hall, 33 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ