This is more of a monument that consists of an 18th century column and three Roman column bases, the inscription reads; “The siting of this column and these Roman Bases commemorates the award to Chester by the FVS Foundation of Hamburg of the European prize for the preservation of historic monuments in 1981”.
The History and Heritage Centre is the place to go for finding out about the history of Chester or discovering if you have ancestors from here. There is a large range of sources available including: a General Register Office Index for England and Wales, 1837 - 1949 (Births deaths and marriages), Census for Chester District 1841 and 1901, 1881 census for UK on CD-Rom, Local Electoral Registers, the Chester Image Bank and lots more.
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Charges apply where applicable.
In 1963 the cathedral bells that were housed in the central tower had their ringing suspended, due to structural difficulties and the cost of replacing the bells it was decided to replace them with a detached bell and clock tower in the southeast corner of the churchyard. This freestanding bell tower which was designed by George Pace; was erected in the grounds of the cathedral in 1974 and is known as the Dean Addleshaw Tower. The bell tower was the first free-standing bell tower to be built for an English cathedral since the 16th century. Nine of the old ring of ten bells were melted down and recast and were installed in the new tower.
The Chester War Memorial is dedicated to those slain in both World wars and is in the form of a cross and below it the shaft is a monolith, octagonal in form. At the base is a octagonal plinth atop four steps. The fourth step of the base is inscribed “Erected by a grateful city/in honour of her sons/who gave their lives for/their country in the/great war 1914/1918/ their names are engraved/on tablets of bronze in/the town hall and their/imperishable memory/in the hearts their/fellow citizens. On the west side of the third step is inscribed 1939/1945. On the plinth of the cross niches hold the figures of St Michael, St Alban, St George, St Werbergh, St Maurice and St David.
Grade II Listed
Chester's Official Visitor Information Centre is located in the grey and red sandstone, Gothic style Town Hall, the building’s tower and spire rises to a height of 160 feet and was completed in 1869 and opened by the then Prince of Wales.
The centre has a large range of merchandise and selection of gift ideas, along with the usual Box Office for festivals and shows, Tickets for attractions including City Sightseeing Tours, Chester Boat, Chester Zoo, Chester Heritage Tours, BusyBus Tours of North Wales and Guided Walking Tours
Maps, guides and publications.
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
Sunday: 10.00 to 5.00 pm
October - March:
Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 5.00pm
The Roman Gardens are located just outside the City Walls near the Amphitheatre.Access is free and open to all.The gardens stretch to the River and are next to the City Walls and Souters lane.They can be accessed from Little john st near Newgate and from the Groves.the Roman gardens were designed in the year 2000 by chester city Council.
during the 17th century this area was home to chester's flourishing Tobacco pipe industry,Kilns were set up along the city walls to produce the clay pipes for export and local use.The industry died out with the introduction of cigerettes.
As you enter the gardens on your right is a plaque on one of the Roman stones,this is the place were on the 22nd september 1645 parlimentary cannons placed in st.johns churchyard fired some thirty two shots to create a breach in the walls at this point.Further on you come to a collection of Roman stones and columns from the Legionary baths and stones that would have been placed on top of the Roman Fortress.
The Park is the main Ornamental park in Chester and is extremely popular residents and visitors.It is Victorian in its layout with formal avenues lined with trees,satues and lawns surrounded by shrub beds and bedding plants for which the park has become well known.
The bedding displays are planted twice yearly to provide a colourful display throughout the spring and summer months.Most recently the park has become the focus of many cultural events such as the Summer Festival,Art in the park and Chester in Bloom shows,it is also the perfect place to relax and stroll round taking in the beautiful surroundings and feeding the Squirrels in winter.There is also a miniture railway for the kids.
The park is free to enjoy and open everday day of the tear dwan till dusk.
Built in the late first century A.D.its the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain,used for entertainment and Military training by the 20th Legion,based at the Fortress of 'Deva'(Chester).
Excavations by English Heritage and Chester City Council in 2004-05 revealed two successive stone built Amphitheatres with wooden seating.The first included access to the upper tiers of seats via stairs on the rear wall,as at 'Pompeii',and a a small shrine next to its north entrance.
The second provided seat access via vaulted stairways.The two buildings differed from each other and from all other British Amphitheatres,underlying the importance of Roman Chester.
The site is open all day throughout the year and is free entry.
Here you can discover the history of Chester and the people who have made it so special.It houses an impressive collection of Roman Tombstones,along with fascinating displays that build a picture of Roman Chester.Explore Chester's impressive geology and natural history as well as Victorian,Georgian and Edwardian pieces.
The museum is free entry
opening times:mon till sat 10.30am-5.00pm
Chester Castle is situated in the south west of the city close to the city walls and overlooks the River Dee.In the castle complex are the remaining parts of the medieval castle together with the neoclassical buildings designed by'Thomas harrison'which were built between 1788 and 1813.Parts of the neoclassical buildings are today used as crown courts and as a Military museum.The castle remains and museum are popular tourist attractions.
The castle itself was built in 1070 by 'Hugh Lupus'the first earl of Chester,it is possible that it was built on an earlier Saxon fortification but this has not been confirmed.In the 12thcentury the wooden tower was replaced with a stone tower,during the same century the stone gateway was also built.
During the Civil War Chester was held by the Royalists,the castle was attacked by Parlimentary forces in july 1643 and again in april 1645.After the war the castle was used as a prison,a court and a tax office.
If you are visiting Chester for the first time, this is a good place to start. The Chester Visitor Centre is on Vicar's Lane, opposite the Roman Ampitheatre. It houses a tourist information centre, where you can buy maps and guidebooks about the city, and where you can buy tickets for guided walks such as the ghost tour or the Roman tour. Staff will also help you to find accommodation in the city if you didn't book prior to your arrival.
The Visitor Centre also has lots of information about the history of the city, which is free to view. At the moment there is a display about the history of the Roman ampitheatre, which is currently undergoing further excavation. Other displays at the Centre deal with the history of the city and the meaning of surnames. There is also a nice cafe at the Centre serving drinks and light snacks.
Here is a list of some excellent things to do in Chester:
Here is a pretty good list of restaurants and reviews from customers:
Good luck and I hope you have a great time. Don't forget to report back after your trip on what you loved about the city and your favorite restaurant!!
The gardens are built on reclaimed land during the Victorian period. They seem to have a range of interesting social amenities with the designated conservation area they are located within.
There is also a Roman influenced dolphin mosaic.
The centre is located within St Peter's Church, which itself is located at the crossing of the four main streets within the city walls. I also understand that it is built on the foundations of the Roman Headquarters for the city.
The church was founded in 907 AD by Ethelfleda, who was in fact the daughter of King Alfred (aka Alfred the Great). It has remained a centre of Christian worship ever since that time.
It has seen and experienced many changes through the Reformation, the English Civil War and even into Victorian times.
The grey and red sandstone, Gothic style City/Town Hall is used for civic functions, council meetings, craft fairs and even marriage ceremonies. The present town hall was opened in 1869 by the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII). The architect was WH Lynn of Belfast whose design was chosen in a competition to replace the Exchange building which was built in 1698 to accommodate the city’s administrators and burnt down in 1862. In 1897 the council chamber on the second floor was gutted by fire and was restored the following year. In 1979 a clock was installed in the tower with three faces; there is no face on the west side of the tower
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