Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

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Where and What to Hire

Chester city centre has a reasonable choice of car hire companies for visitors to choose from including major international firms such as Europecar, Enterprise, Thrifty, Hertz, County Car, Practical Car and Alamo. With so much choice there is also a good range of vehicles to hire from two-door cars to four-door family saloons and people carriers. Luxury vehicles can also be hired for that special occasion.


Chester city centre is relatively small so everything is within walking distance, with regular bus services and taxis available. Despite this, it is still useful to have a car; however there are a few useful points to bear in mind. The very centre of Chester is largely pedestrianised so cars are not permitted between 9.30am and 4.30pm. This area may possibly be extended to the new theatre, library and cinema complex. The city also has a number of one-way streets in operation as well as a fairly high number of cyclists sharing the road with cars.


There are approximately 5000 parking spaces in Chester city centre including multi-storey car parks, Park and Ride and on-street Pay and Display spaces. Chester Park and Ride is free with a small return bus fare into the centre of town. Some car parks in Chester and Ellesmere offer free parking after 3pm including Market car park and Brook Street car park in Chester and Marina Drive car park - Shrewsbury Road car park and Town centre car park in Ellesmere.

Where to Go and What to See

Chester has a handy central location which makes having a hire car more than worthwhile. Bordering Wales there are some delightful places to see like the lovely seaside town of Llandudno with its Alice in Wonderland Trail and old Victorian tramway, copper mines, museums, a farm, ski slope, cable car and fabulous walks. Just over 40 minutes north of Chester is the vibrant and exciting city of Liverpool. Beatles fans will be in their element exploring the Fab Four’s old haunts and exhibitions while everyone can enjoy the parks, museums, stunning art galleries, trendy bars and restaurants and excellent live music scene. For an alternative city break, a one hour drive north east will take visitors to Manchester – another lively, buzzing and gritty northern city. Visitors can enjoy dim sum in Chinatown, explore historic sites, museums and galleries or hunting for bargains in the quite spectacular array of shopping malls and high street stores. For fun a little close to home, a 20 minute drive from Chester is all it takes to get reach the largest aquarium in the country, the Blue Planet Aquarium. With tunnels to walk through as sharks swim overhead as well as hundreds of other species of underwater life, both children and adults will have a ball.

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