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Chester is a beautiful and historical city in Cheshire, England. It is one of England's most beautiful historic destinations, being characterized by a unique atmosphere and a sense of history that pops up.
While sightseeing in Chester, at every step visitors will find history and culture - from the medieval half-timbered buildings to Chester Cathedral, which was founded as a Benedictine monastery over 900 years ago and attracts hundreds of thousand visitors per year, there's plenty to see and take photos of (so be sure to bring the camera).
Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in the British Isles. Its most unusual and most interesting landmarks are the city walls, the famous Rows and the black-and-white buildings within the city centre, which are actually Victorian restorations.
Most of the city's architecture, in the central area seems medieval, and some of it is. Although, time has passed, Chester still retains a Roman feel, Romain remains still being present today in the city. The most significant Roman feature is the amphitheatre, standing just outside the walls, which is undergoing archaeological investigation.
The city's most important surviving medieval structure is Chester Castle, particularly the Agricola Tower, and the most significant museum is the Grosvenor Museum, boasting a wonderful and rare collection of Roman tombstones and an art gallery.
Perhaps, one of the most interesting things about Chester is that most of the land within its limits is owned by the Duke of Westminster - Grosvenor is the Duke's family name, thus the Grosvenor Bridge, the Grosvenor Hotel, and Grosvenor Park.
The Eastgate Clock, which was built at the end of the 19th century to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, was originally the main entrance into the city, and it is definitely worth checking out, when visiting.
Also worth seeing is the Chester Town Hall and the Tudor House, which is one of the city's oldest houses, dating since 1603.
Stanley Palace, dating from 1591, is just as spectacular and as popular as the already major sights in Chester, therefore it would make a fabulous visit, as well.
Fun & Interesting Facts about Chester & England
- Chester Racecourse is Britain's oldest sporting venue, still in use;
- the Chester Rows are unique in the entire world;
- Chester covers an area of 44,804 Hectares, 110,711 Acres, 448 Square Kilometres, 173 Square Miles;
- St Werburgh is the patron saint of Chester;
- the city claims to have the only surviving rock cut Roman Shrine in the Country;
- dozens of famous people were born in Chester, including Daniel Craig, Ronald Pickup - the actor from the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Paul Barrett - the actor from the Kiss of the Dragon, and Raymond Coulthard - the actor from The English Patient.
Whether you prefer visiting historic sights or have fun with your family in Chester, there is a wide range of options for you to choose from. The city attractions will welcome you in and near the city centre.
Here is a list of the most famous places you must see while being in Chester.
Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 IEU
A visit to the Zoo will make your trip to Chester a unique and amazing experience. Located near the city centre, in the north, the Zoo houses more than 7000 animals, from which 400 species are either endangered or rare. The Zoo is considered the greatest in UK and it attracts over a million adults and children each year. If you are taking your family to the Zoo, you should know that children under the age of 14 must be attended by an adult. The place is open daily from 10.00 AM and a ticket will cost you around Â£14.95, for an adult, and Â£10.95, for a child.
A visit to the museum will help you imagine how Chester looked in the past, through Roman objects, tombstones and soldiers! The museum is open daily and admission is free, although small donations count and the place would benefit from your kindness.
Old City Centre
Right after Big Ben, the Eastgate Clock is the most famous clock in the entire England. The gate above which the clock is placed, was actually the entry in the city of Deva (Roman Chester) and today is the most popular spot for tourists, especially for taking photos. The Eastgate Clock can be visited daily, for free, so don't miss it!
12, Abbey Square
A distinguished building, originally raised by the Saxons, rebuilt three times and changed from church to cathedral during Henry VIII's reign, at this request. If you are passionate about history, culture and architecture, this landmark is a must see in Chester!
You can visit the cathedral from Monday to Saturday, starting with 9.00 AM and on Sunday, from 1.00 PM, at a cost of approximately Â£5.00 per person.
Pierpoint Lane, Bridge Street
Have you ever wished to wear real Roman armour or fire a catapult? If you're in Chester, then all of this and even much more adventurous experiences wait for you in this interactive hands-on museum that will make you flinch every step of the way. You can visit the museum from 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM, Monday to Saturday, at a cost of Â£4.95 for an adult's ticket.
The Chester Roman Amphitheatre is the largest uncovered amphitheatre in the entire United Kingdom.
The site is under continuous excavations, therefore new discoveries and the best time to visit it is in the summer when the works are more intense.
The Amphitheatre is open for tourists all day and there is no admission fee to visit it.
Besides the amazing surroundings that Grosvenor, the main park of Chester, can offer you, it is also a great place to spend an active, fun day with your family or friends. The park, which is also considered a garden centre, houses a miniature railway which crosses the park, being a preferred city attraction by the tourists.
A top attraction in Chester, and also in England, the walls that surround Chester are constructed on top of the original Roman walls, built 2000 years ago. The city walls are a landmark of Chester and they express different periods in the city's history.
If you need some time for yourself and your thoughts, and need to have a relaxing walk, we suggest you to start from Eastgate Clock and walk along the walls to enjoy the marvelous landscapes and surroundings.