Destination: Chester

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Small city steeped in history dating back to the Romans

Chester

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Introducing Chester


There has been a settlement at Chester, since the Romans built a fort here in AD79. The city walls are the most complete city walls in Britain, with some sections still intact from 120 AD, while most of the existing wall is Medieval. Within the walls the red sandstone Cathedral dates from 1093 and stands it is believed on the same site as a temple dedicated to Apollo existed until Christianity became the religion of the Roman Empire. Also within the walls The Rows are a series of half-timbered buildings joined with long galleries which make a shopping mall – Tudor style! To the south of the walls, lies the remains of a Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 1st century AD and once a 7,000 seater arena, the largest in the country under Roman occupation.

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Region: North West England

Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day

More Information: www.visitchester.com

What's nearby? Snowdonia, Llandudno and North Wales, Shropshire

What transport do you recommend? Chester is pedestrianised and easy to walk around. It can be reached by train or road easily.

Did you know? An ancient by-law that was never withdawn states that it is legal for an Englishman to kill a Welshman from the city walls with an English longbow!

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Chester City Walls

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A walk around the 2 mile city walls is an absolute must! It's the best way to explore Chester, giving you a great insight of the city's historical past, from the Romans through to the Medieval Ages until today. Enjoy the view of the city down below and the landscape outside the walls. Check out its famous clock and the Wishing steps on the south-east of the wall!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Chester Cathedral

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This ancient abbey which became a cathedral in 1541, is one of the most visited places in the North West. Admission to the cathedral is free, and you can take a facinating and extremely informative tour to you understand the history of this magnificent and awe-inspiring building with its high vaulted ceilings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Grosvenor Museum

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The Grosvenor Museum is Chester's biggest collection of local and international history. The museum has a section on Roman life and displays items found in the town from the ancient Roman settlement. You can also visit a period house with rooms from the Tudor, Steward and Victorian times.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Roodee Racecourse

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To the west of the walls the Rodee is Chester's Racecourse. Every May there is a race week, but during the summer there are a number of meetings.
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Chester Zoo

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Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in Britain with over 7000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered on the planet. Wander around exciting animal exhibits including the butterfly house, the Fruit Bat Forest and the newly opened Islands, which recreate the tropical environments of South East Asia.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

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Cheshire Oaks, just outside Chester is the largest designer outlet in the UK, with over 145 leading brands to choose from.
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Arley Hall & Gardens

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Arley Hall and Gardens is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Blue Planet Aquarium

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Blue Planet Aquarium, just north of Chester, is full of fascinating and deadly sea creatures. Awesome sharks, man-eating piranhas, electric eels and many other weird and wonderful species all live in this vast underwater complex, next to Cheshire Oaks.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Beeston Castle

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Beeston Castle in Tarporley is a great day out. This 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views, which take in no less than eight counties on a clear day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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