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Founded as a Roman Fortress in the first century AD, the historic town of Chester is situated in the northwest of England, just a stone’s throw from the Welsh border. With towering Roman walls and rows of black-and-white timbered buildings, Chester offers an intoxicating mix of old and new.
Walk in the footsteps of Roman Legionnaires and marauding Vikings as you drink in the sights and the sounds of this ancient city, with its soaring cathedral, beautiful stately mansions and turreted medieval castle. With contemporary delights, such as the world-renowned Chester Zoo, this really is a must-see destination.
Chester has excellent road and rail links, and Arriva bus services provide routes in and out of the town centre. Visit nearby towns, such as Wrexham and Crewe, or hop on a bus and head for the bright lights of Liverpool.
Things to do in Chester
If you’re looking for some retail therapy, be sure to visit The Rows, Chester’s 700-year-old, two-tiered shopping gallery, offering up a selection of exclusive shops and boutiques in the medieval heart of the town. And, once you’ve spent up, you can relax and recharge at one of Chester’s many bars and cafés.
For all you culture vultures, there’s an open-top bus ride taking in all the historical sites of this ancient town and a breath-taking tour of Chester’s famous cathedral. If you’re feeling lucky, you might fancy a flutter at Britain’s oldest racecourse, and, for the die-hard romantics, there’s an unforgettable boat trip along the River Dee.
As the sun goes down, the town comes to life, with theatre, dancing, and a dazzling array of festivals, music, and open-air events.
Chester is absolutely steeped in history, dating back to the Roman invasion some 2,000 years ago, when it began life as a Roman fort. After the Roman empire crumbled, the town was the scene of battles between warring Welsh and Saxon tribes, and later served as a Saxon stronghold against raiding Vikings. Following the Norman conquest, William I appointed Chester’s first Earl, who oversaw the construction of Chester castle. In Victorian times, the Gothic-style Town Hall was built, and in 1899 the Eastgate Clock was erected to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.