Storyhouse in Chester first opened in May 2017. It holds an extraordinarily amount of facilities including: a theatre, library, community hub, restaurant, cultural centre and a cinema. Impressively, Storyhouse was opened by both the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex in June 2018. The library has the longest opening hours of any public library in the UK. The library is open every day until 11pm! Storyhouse also hosts a number of well ran festivals throughout the year such as Chester Literature Festival and Blink Festival. Storyhouse has also won a plethora of awards such as Best refurbishment and Best public building.
The “nationally-acclaimed” theatre company in Storyhouse puts on home-produced stage shows every year. They even put on the first ever production of Enid Blyton’s classic ‘The Secret Seven’. Storyhouse also runs Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, England’s most successful open-air theatre company.
Storyhouse seems to accommodate everyone, from family shows, musicals to dramas and adult comedies. Storyhouse has something for everybody.
Storyhouse can seat up to 800 people when the stage is proscenium. It has three levels of seating, there are stalls on the ground floor, the circle on the first floor and the gallery on the second floor. However, when the stage is turned into a thrust stage, it can seat up to only 500 people, this creates a more intimate feel and a unique yet enjoyable experience.
There is wheelchair access in every part of the building so that everyone can use and enjoy Storyhouse’ fantastic facilities. Storyhouse can also accommodate any disability. There is the main bar and the stunning rooftop Garret bar at the top building to grab refreshments before a theatre show or film screening. You are also able to bring refreshments into the library or anywhere in the building. There is also a restaurant that serves food until 9.30pm Monday–Saturday and until 9pm on a Sunday.
Storyhouse is just off Northgate street and only a short walk from Chester town centre where there are many bustling bars and restaurants. It is also surrounded by the famous Chester Walls walking routes which could be a fun activity to do before catching a film or a play.
If you are planning on driving to Storyhouse in Chester, we would advise that you park in Market as it is closest to the building. It is only 200 metres from the nearest exit. This car park also provides eight disabled parking spaces. However, for blue badge holders there is free on street parking available on Hamilton Place and Goss Street for up to four hours.
There are different methods of public transport that will make it easy for you to travel into Chester so that you can arrive on time to Storyhouse. The venue is only a short walk from Chester Bus Exchange. Chester railway station is a 20-minute walk from Storyhouse where you can travel from Cheshire, Wales and Merseyside.
Storyhouse has its very own reasonably priced restaurant called The Kitchen. They have a pre-theatre menu available from 4pm where you can get a two-course meal for only £16.95 or a three-course meal for only £19.95. The perfect way to start a night at the theatre! They also provide vegan and gluten free options. There are also some lovely coffee shops and independent cafes around Storyhouse if you were looking for something lighter.
Bars, Pubs and Clubs
Storyhouse has two bars with a selection of hot drinks, soft drinks and a selection of wine, beer and spirits. There are also several traditional local pubs based around the venue, if you wanted to have a quiet drink, such as The Shropshire Arms on Northgate Street and The Red Lion which is also on Northgate Street. In the centre of Chester, you will be spoilt for choice!
Only 0.4 miles away from Storyhouse is The Mill Hotel, which is also only a 7-minute walk from the train station, which is perfect if you are travelling via rail. Breakfast is also included here. There is also the best selling Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen which is only 0.6 miles away from the venue.
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