Derry Raghan Lodge

54 Hoole Road, Chester, CH3NL, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Chester

Bridge of Sighs

by datapanik

This tiny bridge at the top of Northgate Street was once used to move prisoners from the jail across to the chapel on the other side to receive last rites before execution. Both the jail and the chapel have now gone leaving the bridge behind as an inaccessible curiosity with a gruesome history. It's also said to be a haunted site in Chester.

nice cocktails!

by clareabee about The Living Room

This is part of a chain of what i would call bars with restaurants and although Living Room chain sometimes seems quite pretentious (especially their doormen!) this seems less pretentious than the rest - some of them do seem to be only for the beautiful people after a certain time - so unless you are a footballer or their wife, or dripped in D&G, I would give it a miss!

In the day though it does have a nice relaxed atmosphere and is a nice place to stop for a bite to eat and a drink. good wine selection - steak sandwich is yummy!

Chester Zoo

by Rachael71

The Zoo is a few miles outside the centre of Chester, but you can catch a bus from the centre of town quite easily. It is a huge place, and a visit can easily take up a whole day. The zoo has an excellent reputation in conservation, and it is possible to see some of the rarest species in the world here. It also has some novel ways of showing its creatures - don't miss the bat cave, where you enter a twilight world with fruit bats flying around just above your head! Pictured here is a prarie dog - you can view them by crawling through a tunnel and popping up into a plastic bubble so that you're almost face to face with them! It can be difficult to spot some of the animals - the wolf enclosure appeared to be empty when we visited (I wonder if we should have been worried about this?)

The zoo is open from 10am, the last admission time and closing time vary throughout the year. There are plenty of cafes around the zoo, although it is also a nice place to bring a picnic. 2004 prices are 12 GBP per adult, 9.50GBP per child (39.50 per family ticket, covering 2 adults and 2 children). If you want to travel on the monorail or the waterbus, it will cost you extra, so in all it can be a quite expensive day out.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Chester Visitor Centre in the centre of town. You can get a discount of 1.50GBP on each ticket if you do this.

Visit the Cathedral

by Myfanwe

The present Cathedral stands on the sit of a 10th century Anglo saxon minster dedicated to St Werburgh by Aethelfleda. In 1092 the first Norman Earl of Chester, Hugh d'Avranches decided to transfor the minster into a Benedictine Abbey and then began the slow process of constructing the Abbey Church and at the same time the monastic quarters were rebuilt in a much more elegant gothic style. In 1540 the Abbey was barely finished when Henry VIII dissolved the monastery. However in 1541 the King returned the Church as the Cathedral of the new diocese of Chester.

By the end of the 18th Century, the Cathedral was in need of repair but restoration did not start until the middle of the 19th Century. Today you can see some great architectural features, including remains of the medieval abbey. The fantastic carvings of the Quire are not to be missed. They are said to be amongst the finest medieval carvings in Britain today. Look out for the carvings of the Old man of Chester and the Elephant with a horses body - these can be found on the end of the beautifully carved pews.

There is an admission fee of £5.00 to go into the Cathedral Mon - Sat. Admission is free on Sundays with an optional donation.

King Charles Tower

by gordonilla

One of the towers around the Chester City Walls. This tower is located at the north east corner of the wall. It is believed that this is where King Charles I stood, and watched his army being defeated by Parliamentary troops during the Battle of Rowton Moor (24 September 1645).

It has also been known as the Phoenix Tower and the Newton Tower.


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