Fun things to do in Chester

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    Market Cross

    by Airpunk Written Jan 13, 2014

    Just in the middle of the „Rows“ (half-timbered buildings with shops on two stories), the market cross marks the centre of Chester. It was used to mark the market square and still serves as an orientation point to foreigners. Many of its kind are still preserved in Britain while most on the continent have not survived the centuries.

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    St. John the Baptist's

    by Airpunk Updated Jan 13, 2014

    This beautiful Gothic church is mainly known for one thing: The ruins of its northwest tower. This tower collapsed in 1572, 1574 and during restoration works in 1881, every time destroying parts of the nave and chapels. Only the north porch was rebuilt after the 1881 collapse. The ruins to the west of the church are now listed. Several boards on the grounds will help you to get more information about the church's history.

    St. John the Baptist has its origin in the early middle ages and is said to have been founded by King Aethelred in 689. Most of the building dates from the 11th and 12th century. Between 1075 and 1539, the church was Chester's Cathedral, a title which was transferred to the Benedictine Abbey Church.Similar to today's Chester Cathedral, St. John the Baptists was built out of red sandstone. The interior in predominantly Victorian after several 19th century restorations, but you can still see the Romanesque arches from the early to mid-middle ages. St. John the Baptist was considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in medieval England.

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    Grosvenor Museum

    by Airpunk Written Jan 13, 2014

    In my opinion, the most interesting part is the Roman collection. It includes also a well-explained part about tombstones. This part also has some activities for kids. Other parts of the museum focus on natural history and on how houses looked like in Victorian and Georgian times. Temporary exhibitions are hosted here as well. The building itself is also an excellent example for Victorian architecture. Don't forget to see the meeting room in the first floor as well – it was known as the King's Arms kitchen and once located in a pub.
    You can easily see everything in less than an hour. Surely, it's not a place for which on its own justifies a trip to Chester. But as long as you are here why not drop by? There is no entry fee!

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    Historic Column and Bases

    by grayfo Updated Apr 8, 2012

    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”.

    December 2011

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    History and Heritage Centre

    by grayfo Written Mar 30, 2012

    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.

    email chh@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

    December 2011

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    Cathedral Bell Tower - Dean Addleshaw Tower

    by grayfo Written Mar 28, 2012

    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.

    December 2011

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    Lest We Forget

    by grayfo Written Mar 26, 2012

    War Memorial

    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.

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    Chester Tourist Information Centre

    by grayfo Written Mar 19, 2012

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    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.

    April -September:
    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

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    Roman gardens

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 5, 2011

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    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.

    Roman Columns Entering the gardens Plaque on one of the stones The Baths Exersise Hall
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    Grosvenor Park

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 4, 2011

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    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.

    Take a stroll Heading towards the main gates Satue of Richard second Marquis of Westminster Miniture Railway
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    Roman Amphitheatre

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 3, 2011

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    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.

    View from City Walls Part of Amphitheatre part of original seating Another view from City Walls
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    Grosvenor Museum

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 1, 2011

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    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
    sun 1.00pm-4.00pm

    Outside Roman Soldier Roman tombstones History of Chester displays
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    Chester Castle

    by mickeyboy07 Written Aug 30, 2011

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    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.

    Looking north from the river Agricola tower and Castle walls Neo classical building(entrance to grounds) Court house and court yard Queen victoria statue in grounds
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    Chester Visitor Centre

    by Rachael71 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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.

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  • Things to do in Chester, and Restaurant Reviews

    by CapitanK Written Apr 1, 2011

    Here is a list of some excellent things to do in Chester:
    http://www.chesterhotels.org/Things-to-do-in-Chester

    Here is a pretty good list of restaurants and reviews from customers:
    http://www.chester360.co.uk/chester-restaurants.htm

    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!!

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