Holiday Inn A55 Chester-West

Westbound A55 Expressway, Northop Hall, Chester, CH7 6HB, United Kingdom

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Ghosts!!!

by bugalugs

Do you believe in ghosts??? Do you want to? Chester is apparently one of the most haunted towns in the UK.
You can even go on a walk called the Ghostbuster Trail. These are held Thursday - Saturday, 7.30pm, June - October. Details from the Chester Visitor Centre.
On a web site you can read of all the ghosts that have been 'seen' or 'heard' in Chester.
Click on the link below

Great Value Food

by Balam about Ye Olde Custom House Inn

We called in here for something to eat after a tiring day walking around Chester.
The Building is a Black and white timber framed building that used to face the Old Custom House a building that would have been very busy in the days that Chester was a thriving port.
It is unclear when the building was built but it was extensively restored by Thomas Weaver (A Chester Draper) and his wife Anne in 1637. Their initials still appear on the gable facing Watergate Street.

The Food was typical pub food but was reasonably priced and quite good. I had a nice Steak with chips that was well worth the money.
Drinks were cheaper than a lot of places aswell.

The Amphitheatre

by Evenith666

Chester Amphitheatre, the largest in Britain, was discovered in 1929 when, during gardening work for Dee House, a long, curved wall was uncovered.

It is believed, although more recent studies seem to deny, that there was a wooden Amphitheatre on the site before the Stone one was built. This wooden structure would have been built when the fort of Diva Victrix was first founded, in the late 70's AD, by 'Legio II Adiutrix'. There is some evidence to suggest that the structure fell into dis-repair, and when the fort was re-garrisoned in 86 AD, it was re-built by the new occupants, 'Legio XX Valeria Victrix'. The Amphitheatre fell into disuse when Legio XX were posted North during the construction of Hadrians Wall, but on their return it was restored again.

The current stone structure lies along the North/South line, with entrances on all four compass points, and the arena could easily seat 8,000 people. Around the amphitheatre, a complex of stables, dungeons and food stands. A shrine to Nemesis, the Goddess of retribution, was built at the Northern entrance.

Following the Roman withdrawl from Britain, the Amphitheatre once again fell into dis-repair. It was used for Bull fights and public executions, but was eventually filled in due to erosion and refuse dumping. A Victorian Convent and Manor House complex known as 'Dee House' was built over the southern end of the Amphitheatre, while a Georgian Townhouse known as St. Johns House was built over the northern end.

Today, the Amphitheatre is a Grade 1 listed building, only the Northern half of the Amphitheatre is visible as the Southern end is covered with buildings, including Dee House, some of which are listed.

GROSVENOR MUSEUM

by stemc

The Grosvener Museum is a small museum with a collection of roman finds from Chester and the surrounding towns in the area.
the museum has a good collection of roman tombstones which were found in the city walls when they were being repaired in the 19th cent ,also there is a art gallery showing pictures from chesters past and people of note
There is a natural history section of stuffed animals and birds from the victorian period when this was a common thing to do

St John the Baptist Church

by bugalugs

In this church is the actual organ that was played at the Coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838 in Westminster Abbey. It was transported all the way from London to Chester on a barge! It is apparently still in use today although in need of restoration for which the church is collecting money for.

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