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A hive of industry at Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port is only eight miles from Chester's historic city centre, while Liverpool is a 30-minute drive away. Dominated by the oil refinery at Stanlow, this modernised industrial town looms large on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. The National Waterways Museum is a reminder of the lives of those who used to work on the canal.

Shop for bargains at Cheshire Oaks

Looking for a designer jacket that doesn't come with a designer price tag? Cheshire Oaks is one of the largest discount shopping outlets in the country. Shop for top brands including Ted Baker, Burberry, Armani, Levi's, Ugg and Cath Kidston among its 145 stores.

Talk to the animals

Have a close encounter of the marine kind at the Blue Planet Aquarium. See zebra sharks, Caiman crocodiles and poisonous dart frogs, and watch the dive team feed fish through the Aquatheatre window. Animal lovers should also make a beeline for Chester Zoo. Meet Sumatran tigers, Bornean orang-utans, black rhinos, Asian elephants and spectacled bears. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Ellesmere Port? Travelodge Cheshire Oaks is perfectly placed for the designer outlet and aquarium. Travelodge Wirral Eastham is less than�4 miles from the town.