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An ancient, picturesque town with many excellent examples of black and white architecture, some of it medieval, as are parts of Chester Castle.

Also boasting Britain’s most complete city wall, which can be walked on a 3 kilometre circuit, encompassing several historic bridges and towers, Churches, former monastic buildings, and a fine cathedral show the importance of religion to the history of this part of England. The cathedral dates back to the Norman days, and parts of the city are even older, dating from Roman times.

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An amphitheatre just outside the walls is the crowning glory of this section of Chester’s long and historical past. The River Dee and Shropshire Union Canal offer cruises from The Groves, which allow the visitor to catch the atmosphere of the city from the water, whilst plays and festivals staged in the summer capture the spirit of the city’s historic and artistic legacy. As an alternative to the historical theme, the city offers Chester Zoo, a fine example of this type of attraction, whilst a golf course, rowing clubs and a nationally renowned racecourse are included in the wide variety of sporting activities through which the tourist can mix with the friendly local people.

Chester Cathedral, 12 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU (01244) 324756
A site of worship for almost two thousand years, Chester Cathedral has a rich and fascinating history.

Internally, visitors can see wood carvings from 1380; a picture of the Virgin and Child painted on a caterpillar cobweb; and a carved representation of the Devil in chains to ward off the Devil himself.

Chester Roman Amphitheatre, Chester (01244) 402043
Discovered in 1929 and now enclosed within the urban landscape of Chester, this Roman amphitheatre is the largest example in Britain.

Now the subject of extensive improvement, the amphitheatre is owned by English Heritage and managed by Chester and West Chester Council.

Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1LH (01244) 380280
Consisting of around 500 acres, the Chester Zoo estate has been in existence for almost 80 years.
The zoological gardens are set in 110 acres and contain around 7,000 animals, of which there are more than 400 species of rare, exotic and endangered wildlife.

Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD (01244) 402033

Displaying an impressive collection of Roman artefacts as well as a fine collection of silver and significant assortment of geological objects; Grosvenor Museum is the place to discover Chester’s history.
Contained within the museum is 20 Castle Street; a town house that shows what life was like in Chester over 300 years ago.

Dewa Roman Experience, Peirpoint Lane, Off Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1NL (01244) 343407
Showcasing Chester’s Roman past, Dewa Roman Experience is housed on the site of the original Roman 20th Legion’s Fortress.
Visitors are able to experience Roman Britain’s sights, sounds and smells; view the superb collection of Roman artefacts; and even try on Roman armour or fire a catapult.



 

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