The beautiful city of Chester
The idyllic city of Chester lies on the River Dee in England, close to Wales. Read more.
The beautiful city of Chester
The idyllic city of Chester lies on the River Dee in England, close to Wales. It is known as one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain and it is these walls, creating an almost continuous loop around the city with a footpath running along the top, that form one of the main tourist attractions.
Much of the charm of Chester lies in its historic streetscapes. The four streets that make up The Rows are particularly unique. Here you will find a handsome mix of Victorian and Tudor style buildings with galleried arcades in the lower levels containing an amazing selection of independent stores. Most of the architecture in Chester is Victorian with some iconic sections restored in striking black and white. A scattering of medieval constructions also exist, the most important being the Chester Castle and its Agricola Tower. Evidence of the Roman Empire can still be seen in ruins found in basements and the natural amphitheatre just outside the city walls.
Many visitors enjoy a stop at Chester Cathedral for a moment of calm and a glimpse at the more than 1000 years of religious history observable at the site. As far as museums go, the Grosvenor Museum is great to start with, housing an art gallery and collection of Roman tombstones. An evening stroll atop the city walls is an essential part of the Chester experience. Continue the walk onto The Groves, the riverside promenade which has become one of Chester’s most loved spaces. Another excellent way to see the sights is a boat tour along the River Dee, or if you’re game, hire a boat and explore on your own. As night falls, choose one of Chester’s many old-style English pubs for a wide range of beers, cocktails and music.
Booking your stay
Although Chester is a relatively small city, it has its fair share of excellent options for accommodation. In the East of the city a range of B&Bs and comfortable hotels are clustered around a selection of pubs, restaurants and shops, all within walking distance of the train station and city centre. For those more serious about their hotel experience, book a room in one of the luxury hotels in the centre of town.
The scenic route to Chester
Chester is just a relaxing train trip from London - either direct or indirect - and direct trains from Liverpool and Birkenhead are also available. but perhaps the best option for those with the time, is the scenic route from Manchester. Within the walls of Chester getting around on foot is favourable, with even the far reaches of this compact city in walking distance. For a quick transit around the city and beyond there are regular local buses and taxis.
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