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Chester stag do guide

The only city in the UK to have a full set of Roman walls intact, plus home to the oldest still-operating racecourse in the world. Yep, you could say that Chester is a city steeped in history, but it’s also thoroughly modern in many ways, especially when it comes to quality stag do’s.

By day on a stag weekend in Chester you should take advantage of the acres of countryside surrounding the city where you can enjoy a bolt of adrenaline with activities that include quad-biking, mud-buggies, gorge-walking and paintballing. And by night, you are in for a treat, with a super range of pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs scattered around Chester’s easily walkable city centre. Find out more with our comprehensive guide to stag do’s in Chester.

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Great if you are looking for

  • A sophisticated city that still caters perfectly to fun-loving stag groups
  • One of the best places in the UK for white water rafting
  • Huge range of historic pubs and lively bars and clubs

Getting around

Chester is easy to get to for your stag weekend. It’s located just 20 miles from Liverpool, and 30 miles from Manchester, making it accessible by road, rail or air. The best and most relaxed way to get to a Chester stag do is by train - for example it takes just two hours from London, and a taxi from the train station to the city centre will set you back about a fiver.

If you’re driving then you’ll find there are plenty of public car parks around Chester, some of them 24 hours, where you can safely leave your vehicles for the duration. You won’t need your car on a Chester stag weekend as the city itself is small and very walkable, and we can arrange convenient door-to-door transfers for all of your activities that need them. We can also arrange Chester stag hotels with car parking on request.

Several of our previous stag groups have reported that they were able to get around perfectly happily on foot in Chester in the evenings, but if you do want a taxi, there are 24-hour ranks at the train station, on Princess Street, Bridge Street and Foregate Street.

Tips and ideas

Chester is the perfect location for stag groups that are looking for a weekend of adrenaline-fuelled fun. The River Dee is regarded as one of the best places in the country for White Water Rafting, while the countryside surrounding Chester is also home to a number of other action-packed experiences from Gorge Walking to Quad Biking, Paintballing and Kayaking. If you’re an active group of lads then we really think Chester is one of the top stag destinations in north England.

There are also plenty of more relaxed, sophisticated activities available to you. What about a spot of Whisky and Beer Pairing to see who’s got the best nose in the group? Or perhaps you’d prefer 18 holes of Golf at one of the top courses in the area? Depending on the time of year you visit we can also sort you and the lads out with a Day at the Races - Chester is home to the oldest still-operating racecourse in the world, and is the perfect place for a cheeky flutter on the gee-gees. 

And if you’ve got hangovers from the night before, clear your heads with a wander around the historic landmarks of this popular tourist city. The walk around the Roman Walls is two miles, while in the old town the Tudor-style Rows shopping district is very famous - many of these shops are below street-level so it feels like you’re entering a dungeon. 

Just let our friendly Chester stag do planners know what kind of thing you’re looking for, and they’ll make suggestions tailored to your interests. Everything we offer, we’ve personally tried ourselves, so you can have confidence that our team always knows the best things to do in Chester on a stag weekend.


Much like York, another of our favourite stag do destinations in north England, Chester boasts a wealth of historic and attractive pubs where you and the lads can enjoy a relaxed session with some excellent ales. These include the Bear & Billet, which dates back to the mid 17th century and under whose half timbers you can get stuck into some delicious home-cooked grub too. Another way Chester is similar to York, as well as its well-preserved Roman Walls, is that the city centre is compact, so you’ll rarely need a taxi to get around at night.

Other popular drinking spots in Chester include Beer Heroes, a craft beer shop with its own tap room which is good of a sunny afternoon, and the Commonhall Social right in the centre of town, a laidback place with what we think is one of the best beer gardens in Chester, a real sun-trap. The Watergate’s Bar is a Greene King pub, a solid option for live sports if your team’s in action over the weekend, and also with a good beer garden.

Stag do favourites in Chester that we know our groups love include Revolution (let us know if you’d like us to book you in for an evening meal) where the atmosphere is always blinding, and the Brewhouse & Kitchen on Love Street - aaaahh love, it's what's brought you all together here for this special weekend.

Kuckoo is another joint we’re big fans of in Chester, serving up what they like to call rock ‘n’ roll cocktails. And don’t miss the Love Shack, one of Chester’s most unique venues. This tiki-style shack with a cool upstairs terrace serves up hip-hop and R&B tunes alongside cocktails and hearty snacks. Another place that several of our Chester stag groups have recommended is Alexander’s, for stand-up comedy as well as some excellent Sunday roasts.

Clubs-wise, you can’t go wrong with FIesta Havana, which brings a little taste of Cuba to Chester. It’s open ‘til 3am on weekends, and their rum and tequila cocktails are sublime. Let us know if you’d like us to take the hassle out of your evening plans by arranging Fiesta Havana Entry for your group in advance - so you can walk straight up to the door staff, announce your name, and the whole group can skip the queue.

Other good bets for Chester clubs include Cruise in the city centre, a big place with six themed rooms, and a buzzing roster of highly rated DJs, and Rosie’s - where you can expect drinks deals aplenty, hen groups and a big helping of cheesy tunes. Hey, we ain’t judging.


Is Chester good for a stag do?

Chester is great for a stag do if you’re looking for loads of brilliant stag activities, and bars, restaurants and clubs all clustered around a compact, easily walkable city centre. We recommend tying in your Chester stag weekend with a day at the races - the city boasts the oldest racecourse in the world - or 18 holes of golf, with several excellent courses in the area. 

What is the best nightlife in Chester for stag do’s?

Chester has a brilliant nightlife scene that is by-and-large welcoming to stag groups. Our Chester stag planners can advise you on where to find the best beer gardens, sports pubs and cocktail bars in Chester, whatever your group is in the mood for. We can also sort you out with those little extras that make the night go smoothly: dinner reservations at the ever-popular Revolution for example, or entry to buzzing Chester club Fiesta Havana. 

Best Chester stag do activities for the daytime?

There’s a fantastic range of stag do activities available to you in Chester, whatever your group is into. If you’re keen golfers, what about sinking 18 holes in the morning, before dinner out? Or if you’re feeling more active, there’s thrilling gorge walking, paintballing and white water rafting in the area. Talk to our Chester stag planners for their first hand knowledge of what you can get up to, as well as their top recommendations.

Can you organise Cheshire stag do packages?

Our great-value Chester stag do packages are designed to make things as easy as possible for you. Accommodation is included as well as a selection of activities, so that you can then use the package as the foundation for the rest of your weekend, adding activities on as you please.

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