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Chester Visitor information

Chester has a fantastic mix of architecture and styles, from Victorian design to Roman ruins. Walk through the traffic-free heart of the city and along the medieval streets, admire well-preserved half-timbered houses, as well as the Rows, its magnificent two-tier medieval arcades. 

The city also offers a mix of attractive architecture such as the oldest bridge in the city the Old Dee Bridge, the Roman gardens and riverside walks add testament to what a beautiful city Chester really is. 

To keep young families entertained you can visit the Chester Zoo it is one of the UK’s largest and most popular zoological parks. They also have the Blue Planet Aquarium and the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village for great names in high street fashion. 

Another notable attraction in Chester, the Grosvenor Museum boasts a fine collection of archaeological items from the Roman period such as paintings, musical instruments, and a room arranged as a Victorian parlour. 

Travel

Chester is a small city to walk around, most places of interest are close to the walls. Much of the city centre is closed to traffic from 10.30am to 4.30pm, so having a car is not the best option. 

If you arrive by plane, the closest airport to Chester is the Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL), which is just 25 miles away.

Chester has a major train station on the route between London and Liverpool, with hourly services throughout the week, and if you fly into Heathrow or Gatwick, you can get to Chester within 90 minutes.

Chester has bus connections to London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, and North Wales, and is served by companies such as National Express and Megabus. Buses stop on Vicars Lane, not far from the center of town. There are regular buses to both the zoo and the aquarium.

History of Chester

Chester is a city in the county of Cheshire in the northwest of England.

 It’s roots date back to the Roman times, but it has also been occupied throughout the centuries by Vikings, Danes, Saxons, Scots and Normans. 

Founded as a Roman Fort during the reign of Emperor Vespasian in AD 79, the town has the largest known defensive walls, built in AD 70 in all of Britain. The walls are a two-mile walk which will take you to the four main gates: Northgate, Eastgate, Bridgegate, and Watergate.

Located just outside the city walls and also founded under the Roman Empire, the Roman Amphitheatre was the largest in Britain. Used for entertainment and military training, the impressive 2,000 year old ruins are a remarkable site in the city to visit.

The Minerva Shrine in Edgar's Field is the only surviving rock-cut Roman shrine which is still at its original location. It dates back from AD 79, it used to be a great place of pilgrimage in the middle ages, as Minerva was the Goddess of both craftsmen and travellers. 

Whether you come as a visitor or as a pilgrim, you can still find it to be the quiet sacred space it was intended for. Chester Cathedral was founded upon a Benedictine monastery. The cathedral has got beautiful parts from the 11th-century Romanesque architecture in the north transept, north tower and parts of the cloister. On a musical note, Handel's Messiah was first rehearsed here and is often performed during the Christmas season.

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