Chester's town park - Grosvenor Park - is situated nearly opposite the Chester Visitor's centre. It has a large expanse of greenery and colourful flowere beds to wander amongst as a rest from the city buildings. An ideal place to have a picnic in.
Great Chinese Food
The Shanghai restaurant is situated on Hoole Road just a stonesthrow away from the City Centre. I had a great meal here and would really say it's one of the nicest Chinese Restaurants I have been to. We had a set menu for £25.00 which was basically a huge selection of starters from the menu, duck in plum sauce with pancakes and then we had a selection of main course dishes to share. The food was really delicious and the service was excellent - it was worth every penny!
I would think you would have to reserve a table if you were planning a visit during busy times (Fridays & Saturdays) as the restaurant area is a little on the small side. They were all delicious.
Known as the second most photographed clock in England after Big Ben. The clock was erected on the Eastgate in 1899 and commemorates Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of 1897. The original plan was for a stone clock, but it was feared his design would block light to neighbouring buildings. After much public debate the stone clock design was cast aside in favour of the wrought iron structure. Until 1974 the clock was hand wound once a week.
The Roodee is Chester Racecourse. It is the oldest racecourse in Britain. The first official horse race took place here in 1539, but it was originally a Roman circuit. The famous Chester Festival is held here every May. Important races include the Chester Cup, Chester Oaks, Dee Stakes and Chester Vase.
This used to be the site of Chester's Roman harbour until, after the building of the weir, the River Dee silted up to become the size it is today. The only remaining reminder of this site's maritime past is a stone cross which stands in the middle of the Roodee. which exhibits the marks of water ripples. The Roodee is one of the smallest race tracks in England and it's tight bends make it very difficult for a horse with an outside draw to win.
2009 ticket prices range from £7 for the Open Course to £41 for the County Concourse. Annual Badges for entrance to all meetings in 2009 cost £371.50. Car parking is £7.
Dewa Roman Experience
Much of the original Roman Fortress and buildings are hidden under the modern city. At Dewa Roman Experience you can get a chance to see a substantial chunk of the Roman foundations and 2000 years of history. You step abpord a Roman Galley and then experience the sights, sounds and the smells of life in a Roman Rortress.
You can also take tours from here guided by a Roman Soldier, you will probably see a squad of children marching in formation behind a Roman Centurian while you are walking around Chester.
Feb - Nov : 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday
10am - 5pm Sunday
Dec - Jan : 10am - 4pm Daily
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Adult - £4.95
Child - £3.25
Student/OAP - £4.50
Family - £15.00
Group Rate (10 or more adults/OAP’s) - £4.25
Roman Soldier Patrol - £45.00 (maximum of 30 children)
(1 free adult per 10 school children.)
Entrance to Reconstructions, Main Excavations, Museum Displays and the Gift Shop have all been adapted for wheelchairs.