The city is still surrounded by ancient walls and has one of the most complete wall systems in England. But Chester is the embodiment of a typical English town with its Victorian buildings, cottage houses, high cobblestone street, sprawling parks and ancient walls. The Chester Center looks like an old novel by Charles Dickens.
The old taverns, hotels and small shops have all retained their charm and their original color. The houses in Chester are typically Victorian. While Chester’s beauty and charm has most of his Dickens feel and architecture, there’s still plenty to see and do in Chester.
Parts of Chester Cathedral are almost 1,000 years old, making it one of the most excellent examples of medieval architecture in the country. Tower tours are available, making this a great place to look into the city’s past while glancing at its present. Chester has an unusual cathedral, built as a monastery and rebuilt late.
The story is exciting and interior accessible and welcoming. A lovely cafe too and an excellent shop/loo facilities. A very active cathedral with always something interesting to see and the fabulous red sandstone building. A refectory is the right place for lunch and reasonably priced, which the church also supports.
City Walls Walk
The city is home to a complete city wall of the country, dating back to the Roman conquest over 2000 years ago. Today you can walk the 2 miles of the wall and admire the beautiful heritage of Chester. They were built to protect the city from tribal invaders and made between 70 and 80 AD.
The most important part of the wall is the East Gate. Watergate and Bridgegate and there are many other steps around the city. The levels to the right of the Northgate remain open. Which means that pedestrians can get access to the wall at this point if they want to go clockwise, towards the King Charles Tower.
The Grosvenor Museum
This museum displays Roman history, artifacts, silverware and captivating works of art. The Grosvenor Museum houses collections that explore the history of Chester, its art and silver heritage and its natural history. Learn about life during the Roman military occupation and visit the Period House with rooms from the 17th century to the 1920s.
The Grosvenor Museum was built in 1885-6 to house the collections of the Chester Archaeological Society and the Chester Society of Natural Science. The museum is named after Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster. At the back of the museum, you will find 20 Castle Street, the period house of the museum.
This is one of the best zoos in Europe and a great place to visit when traveling with children. You get exclusive access behind the scenes, which gives you an insight into the everyday life of our staff and animals in the zoo.
A Chester Zoo Adventure Day can include everything from testicles and elephants to pot carnivorous plant or even throw fish for penguins! Learn all about the individual animals in the zoo and their bizarre behavior by our dedicated zookeepers. Chester Zoo is run by the North of England Zoological Society, a registered charity founded in 1934.
Cruise on the River Dee
The Dee River meanders through Wales and England and stretches 110km before emptying itself into an estuary. As the city is so close, a popular activity is a cruise on the river. You can do half-day, full-day or evening cruise cruises through the Duke of Westminster’s Estate.
And since the city is popular with deer and hen parties, there are even party cruises. The days and times of cruises vary according to the season. Cruising aboard Lady Diana, Mark Twain or Jackie is perhaps one of the most relaxing things in Chester. Combine your river cruise with a visit to Chester’s newest heritage attraction.