Sick To Death proves a Big Hit with Chester locals and visitors alike 🩸

A brand new tourist attraction is celebrating after its first month of opening saw almost double the amount of visitors they had predicted come to the site.

Sick to Death is a history of medicine and public health attraction set in the medieval church of St Michaels in Bridge Street, Chester. Through a maze of hands-on and interactive displays, the site tells the story of how medicine has developed over 2000 years, explores plagues, pandemics, the birth of science and the future of medicine.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the site is owned and operated by Big Heritage, who created a pop-up version of the attraction – alongside a now infamous Plague Doctor – in the city Water Tower in 2015. The new venue was set to open in 2020, but Covid-19 forced them to delay the opening until May this year.

Site manager, Rob Foulkes said “We have been overwhelmed with visitors, who have universally loved the attraction. We’re still been cautious with numbers due to Covid-19 restrictions which has meant quite long queues for visitors, but we’re lucky to call Chester Rows our home….we have the world’s most historic and weatherproof waiting shelter just outside!”

The site has attracted almost 5000 visitors since opening, alongside a waiting list for schools who are signing up for new ‘history of medicine’ tours of Chester to compliment the attraction. The site also explores the story of vaccines, germ theory and debunks a number of pseudoscientific theories.

Big Heritage founder, Dean Paton said: “Sick to Death is the culmination of a lot of hard work and creativity, and is everything Big Heritage is about in terms of educating, exciting and pushing boundaries in public engagement. We’re really pleased and relieved that visitors have responded so well to what we have created, and proud to bring a new and exciting family offer to Chester. If trends continue, it will be the most popular paid tourist attraction in the city centre by the end of this summer.”

Big Heritage have also recently acquired the nearby Deva Roman Experience, which will provide visitors with two attractions and a Roman walking tour of the city for one ticket by Autumn 2021.

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Christopher H

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If I could score sick to death more I would.

Jun 2021 • Family

Absolutely loved it. The energy of the staff was brilliant and it really made the experience fun. My 5 year old was a bit spooked at first but soon got into it and wanted to see everything twice. Will definitely visit again.

Amanda

3 contributions

Highly recommended

Jun 2021 • Family

Excellent place to visit and would highly recommend. Really interesting, great for all the family and also had a laugh along the way. Thank you ‘Sick To Death’ 🙂

Becky B

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Wow!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jun 2021 • Couples

Amazing!!!! Sick to death is one of the most weird but wonderful places to visit as well as fun for all whether you’re an adult or child. This place is definitely worth taking a day trip out to 🥰🥰 I had such an amazing, spectacular, boom tastic time and I 100% highly recommend!! You will be wowed from the second you walk through the doors ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you to the friendly, funny, warm welcoming staff who made the experience an unforgettable one!!💥💥

Claire O

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Sick to death is awesomely freaky

May 2021 • Family

We were staying at the travelodge opposite and could not believe our luck when we found this! My 12 year old absolutely loved it as she wants to become a dr when she’s older.. the staff were awesome and dressed for the part. As adults we loved everything about it and so did our daughter. Her favourite part was looking at the interactive autopsy! The little shop at the end was very good and very reasonably priced.. 2 hrs we spent in there and would love to do it again..
it was so professionally run it was hard to believe it had only been open a week.. completely Covid secure.. definitely worth doing very reasonably priced.

Experience982171

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Added to our visit to Chester

Jun 2021

We visited as a family of four which includes two teenage sons. Once inside and past the strange introductory afterlife film we really enjoyed it. We visited on a Tuesday during Half Term, which currently according to the website they aren’t open – so it was very quiet.
However, this venue is severely lacking in accessibility information. There are about six steps to the entrance which if you can overcome that the place is then wheelchair friendly. They haven’t established a wheelchair or companion price at this time – hopefully that will soon be sorted. I’m guessing that there may not be an evacuation plan for a wheelchair user either.

Helen W

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Thoroughly entertaining!

May 2021 • Family

Plagued to death by boredom? I recommend a dose or two of sick to death to cure your ailment! Set in a great location in Chester, it is easy to find your way here, and also plenty to do within the general vacinity.

From the moment you walk through the doors, your experience starts. You are greeted by Brother (Scott? Sorry I’m terrible at names!). He proceeds to ask you how you are feeling in order to give you a diagnosis. I was relieved to finally know I was suffering with a daemonic possession. Luckily, Brother had a cure for me too! My daughter was a halfing, who needs to eat cake every day otherwise she’d shrink (she loved being given an excuse to eat more cake!). You are given a piece of paper with your ailment and treatment on, and told there are stamps to collect as you make your way through the tour. You watch a short introductory video before heading in to the main area.

Once in the main area, there’s so much to see. Plenty of interactive activities such as games, photo ops, microscope slides to look at, doors and drawers (and even toilet seats) to open and peak at the weird and wonderful stuff inside!

My favourite area of the attraction was the autopsy room. There’s so much fascinating information all around the room, but the star of the show was Mr Kadaver, waiting for you to find out his cause of death! Such a lot of fun! My daughter’s favourite part was the medicinal plants, and the magic of medicine area.

For the price of £6 per adult and £3 for children (under 5’s are free), I think this attraction is well worth your money! There’s enough information to read to keep you busy for a long time, it’s highly educational, but best of all FUN! I’d highly recommend to adults and children alike 😁☠💀

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Tom N

Really fun and realistic

Jun 2021 • Family

We were looking for something to do on the last day of our trip and found sick to death. It’s a great way to spend a few hours. Has lots of facts and and interesting things to learn but mixes it with gory models and Pictures and also has lots of comedy. The models of wounds and the sets you walk through are very well designed and realistic. A really fun way to spend a couple hours.

Ashley B

Highly recommend

Jun 2021 • Couples

Great experience. I highly recommend this. £6 for a lesson in history and medicine. Fully interactive and terrifically fun.

Vlad B

Hoylake,

Great fun for kids, and adults as well

Wasn’t sure what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised. Very fun and interesting for the kids, and plenty of really good information and gruesome facts. Both kids and adults in our family have enjoyed it a lot. Super reasonably priced for what you get

Finnius M

Educational and fun experience

May 2021 • Family

Unique, original and informative. Great prices and well worth the time. Hospitality is lovely. Highly recommended.

Dugi H

Moreton, UK94 contributions

An educational visit

Visited with grandchildren what a great place to visit the n the heart of Chester
Greeted by staff who are friendly and informative
The experience was educational even for us old ones and would highly recommend a visit

Hannah

Liverpool, UK1 contribution

Fabulous surprise!

May 2021 • Couples

We stumbled across this place on a day visit to Chester and this attraction became one of the highlights of our day! The staff were fabulous and you get such good value for money. The building is small but jam packed with interactive elements, information and quizzes along the way. Would highly recommend to anybody heading into Chester and would definitely go again with friends.

Written 31 May 2021

Laura Crowston

Creepy, funny and amazing!!

May 2021 • Couples

Absolutely amazing! Right up my street! Me and my boyfriend had the best time. Staff were so so friendly and really made the experience fun! It was really informative and just the right amount of spooky! Can’t recommend it enough! Telling all my friends and family about it!

Written 31 May 2021

Hermione1982

Deeside, UK50 contributions

Fun, interesting and different

A really good fun and interesting exhibition. We were greeted by numerous characters and diagnosed with which conditions we were suffering from (vague and gigantism being some of them lol), then shown into a room with a video playing. After that we were given a torch and took a tour down Diagnosis Alley where our torch highlighted all of the germs and pestilence down there. The next section was the post-mortem where we could find out what ‘Colin’ had died from. Then various other interesting and interactive things to see and do. All in all a fun way to spend a couple of hours!

Mary Johnson

Great experience!

May 2021 • Couples

We had such a fun time! They packed so much stuff into a little building. You can tell the workers are very passionate about the subject and they really made the experience much more immersive. Suitable for children and adults alike, and while me and my partner have strong stomachs, it was nice that there were options to skip some of the more gory stuff for those who don’t. Will definitely be coming back again!

Lauren W

An excellent new experience in Chester…highly recommend

May 2021 • Family

We had a brilliant time as a family at this new exhibition in Chester. The theming and presentation are excellent and created the perfect atmosphere for our 10 year old daughter who loves anything a bit gory.

It is much bigger than we thought with lots to look at and read. Takes you on a real journey through disease and medicine. We especially liked the autopsy room, the toilet seat area, the magic medicine..In general we were just very impressed with how everything was presented.

Just enough interactivity to keep interest. Would definitely visit again as there’s so much to look at.

Visitors were timed to allow time and space between parties which was reassuring during current social distancing measures.

Overall an excellent experience for the whole family!

Probably best for slightly older children 8+

Andrew G

I definitely recommend visiting.

May 2021 • Couples

It’s very nice place located in the church, which adds to atmosphere of middle ages. Lots of interactive activities, the history of medicine layed nice and simple for all to understand. Staff was dressed in costumes from middle ages which made the whole experience even more enjoyable.
Ticket prices reasonable.

ky84

Atmospheric, educational fun!

A fantastic experience at an amazing price! Can highly recommend this macabre museum – it’s full of fascinating insights, terrific interactive areas, great props, and fantastic staff. Some top photo ops too! Would visit again!

Vicky M

Turdrific

May 2021 • Family

Absolutely fantastic exhibition. Very much like horrible histories, lots of poo, blood, sick and gore… what more could children (and adults) want.

andy111222

WOW!! amazing

May 2021 • Family

How can something educational be so much fun? Found the place by accident but will definitely be going back. We all loved every second, it has something for everyone. A bit gross in parts but that just adds to the affect. And to top it off the staff offer some of the best customer service I have ever seen,

PBW

3 contributions

Book an appointment with Death, Asclepius and Doctor Poo

May 2021 • Family

A fabulous gruesome time had by all! Educational and entertaining!! Idea for adults and older children. Heed the warnings and watch your step! Haha.

Friendly staff and you might even have a chat with death himself!

Lydia

Northwich, UK2 contributions

Weird fun

May 2021 • Couples

We visited after finding the place through Instagram. It was a fun experience if you, like myself have a fascination for the macabre. We spent maybe just under an hour including a browse as the gift shop. Would love to see if they have any plans for new additions to the museum!
Will definitely be bringing my friends here unless they don’t have the stomach for it!

Milky07

Chester, UK76 contributions

Great attraction

Brilliant attraction in Chester. My daughters 8 and loves horrible histories so this was just like that! Really interesting exhibit. The gentleman talked us through some of the exhibits and was great with my daughter. Highly recommend 🙂

Jenny M

11 contributions

Definitely Sick To Death ~

May 2021 • Solo

You’ll be in for a right treat with this place of Medieval Medicine through time – an exciting, fun galore of goriness and great new exhibits! Definitely a must see for the family and a trip with the mates!

Staff members are a good laugh and enthusiatic, great tour provided – shout out to Rob, Scott & John! In for a treat with these blokes showing you around the place – listen out for the voice, featuring The Grim Reaper 😉

The Gift Shop is bloody brilliant as well – from skulls, crystals, board games, and loads more ~

All in all a must see !

Sophie M

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Excellent

May 2021 • Family

A really excellent trip to sick to death. Fun for all ages and brilliantly done, the attention to detail was absolutely brilliant. Best day out we’ve had for ages. Have and will continue to recommend. Definitely worth a visit!

MeloraBlack

Willaston, UK3 contributions

Brilliant new attraction

May 2021 • Family

Good fun, especially for kids who like Horrible Histories type things. The interactive displays and the Harry Potter themed area in particular was a big hit with my Potterhead 10 year old.

Staff were friendly and the characters were a great touch – the cake prescription is being taken very seriously by our 6 year old!

Also good fun and educational for adults too. Will definitely recommend to friends looking for something new to do in Chester.

Paris F

Worcester, UK4 contributions

Enjoyable attraction in Chester, themed to perfection

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Sick to Death and would recommend to others.

The whole attraction is themed to perfection, and with almost all of the exhibits being interactive, it is easy to absorb the information provided. These interactive activities feel safe and clean, and hand sanitizer is in great supply.

The staff were beyond helpful too.

Eve B

6 contributions

Really enjoyable experience. Self tour guide is estimated at approximately 45-60 minutes but we were in there a good 90.

May 2021 • Couples

Really interesting facts, great experience if you like learning about gory historical facts. Brilliant exhibition with lots of interactive activities.

Monica E

Chester, UK5 contributions

Highly recommend

May 2021

Very enjoyable experience! Very well done. Fun and educational. The staff were fantastic and really make the experience that much better. Would definitely visit again and recommend to friends.

Paul B

2 contributions

Gruesome but good

May 2021 • Family

Informative and interactive, it kept family members from the ages of 7 to 70 thoroughly entertained for nearly 2 hours

LucyElms

11 contributions

Great experience, highly recommended!

May 2021 • Couples

Really enjoyable, yet disgusting addition to Chester.
Well thought out, lots to learn and unlike many other museums, it’s very interactive and you can really get stuck in..

We spent a good hour here and enjoyed every single part.

Really reasonably priced tickets and gift shop.

Would definitely recommend to anyone, couples, families, groups or schools.

Jennifer S

Chester, UK16 contributions

Great visit

May 2021 • Solo

Excellent museum, very interesting and informative. Really nice to see heritage presented in such an accessible way

Jenny C

1 contribution

Fantastic ! A must see if visiting Chester

May 2021 • Family

Really enjoy our trip to the museum today, the attention to detail was next level, a lot of effort has clearly gone into each section and the amount of information and knowledge was outstanding. My daughter (10) also lovely it, lots to grab the kids attention. Definitely going to go back as I don’t think we read all the information and facts as there’s so much to learn. Thoroughly enjoy today. Excellent value for money. A must if you’re visiting Chester especially if you’ve got children

Jen

6 contributions

Gruesome and interesting!

May 2021 • Family

We had a fun visit to the museum which has changed its location just recently. The staff were entertaining on arrival and very attentive! We were a group of 3 adults and 2 youngsters (under 5) who enjoyed being able to touch things with the interactive displays.
Certain aspects of the museum might be a little gruesome for some children, but ours enjoyed it..!

Sue A

3 contributions

Brilliant, well worth a visit

May 2021 • Family

Absolutely brilliant, full of gory facts and great atmosphere, probably more suited to adults and children over 8yrs. This is a must visit for those of you that are home educating or anyone who likes a bit of gore.
lemon_meringue1990

Sheffield, UK100 contributions

Great random find

My partner and I randomly came across this attraction whilst wandering around Chester. Really reasonable price. Very interesting with fun interactive displays and gross facts. Staff were really knowledgeable, funny and attentive.

Romanrob

Chester, UK4 contributions

Sick to Death! Brilliant

May 2021 • Friends

I had been to Sick to Death when it was situated in the Water Tower, on the walls of Chester, and it was an excellent museum then, but now it is in the larger venue of St Michael’s Church in the best of Chester it is so much better!
Sick to Death is a brilliant and unique exhibition, with loads to see and do and was great value for money!
Definitely a must see when you visit Chester.

 

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