Chester nestles right on the border of Wales, Northwest of England, in the county of Cheshire. It’s a quintessential English city with stunning Georgian architecture dating back 8 centuries – with plenty of shops and a beautiful racecourse, it’s a hidden gem which makes a visit to Chester well worth it.
Why visit Chester
Unlike other UK cities Chester has plenty to choose from; it’s own racecourse, a vibrant nightlife, and steeped in history having been an important Roman city.
If you’re going to visit Chester then you must plan it when a race meeting is on. Chester racecourse is the oldest in the world dating back to 1539 – the area were the racecourse sits used to be a harbour that sat on the River Dee which supplied the Roman garrison of Deva. On the last Saturday of May, each year, Roman Day is held at the racecourse which is not to be missed.
Historians have speculated that if the Roman departure from England never happened then Chester would have been the capital of Roman England! You can still see their legacy today;
- Roman Walls – surround the city, and run straight through the main town centre at Eastgate Street above a Georgian set of gates
- Roman Amphitheatre – supposedly the biggest in Europe outside the of Rome – see Vicars Lane, Chester
The precinct has plenty of shops to cater for your needs. The Rows, in Chester city centre, are world famous and have been standing since the 12th century on their original Roman site.
Places worth visiting for a pint and pub lunch
- Ye olde cottage Inn
- The Watergates bar
- The Albion Inn
- The Falcon
The best places to stay in Chester
- AirBnb – why not rent a small ye olde English cottage or an apartment to sample the delights of what Chester has to Offer
- Premier Inn, Chester – Caldy Valley Rd, Great Boughton, Chester CH3 5PR
- Crowne Plaza, Chester – Trinity St, Chester CH1 2BD
- Travelodge, Chester – Little St John St, Chester CH1 1DD
- Grosvenor Hotel Chester – The Chester Grosvenor, 56-58 Eastgate Street, City Centre, Chester CH1 1LT
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Places to visit outside Chester
Liverpool – The historical English ship building city has much to offer and is only 40 min train journey form Chester. Check out Everton FC or Liverpool FC or The Cavern Club – where the Beatles were discovered by Brian Epstein. The now transformed Royal Albert docks have many restaurants and bars, so you can enjoy the cool breeze off the River Mersey.
Manchester – another huge industrial city also rich in musical heritage (from Northside to New Order) and football. If you’re looking for a bite to eat and a glass of wine then visit Castlefield quarter or Deansgate and the city also has the National Football Museum and the famous Hacienda (now a block of flats).
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