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    Water Tower and Gardens

    by gordonilla Updated Feb 6, 2011

    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.

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    St Peter's Ecumenical Christian Centre

    by gordonilla Written Feb 6, 2011

    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.

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    Town Hall

    by grayfo Written Feb 5, 2011

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    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

    March 2010

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    The Festive Victorian Fair

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 3, 2011

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    The Victorian Fair descends on Chester from mid November until the beginning of January. Here you will find an open air ice rink, a large ferris wheel, Santa's grotto and a great variety of stalls selling local crafts, food and an outdoor bar with a heating seating area - perfect for getting in the spirit of Christmas with a mulled wine or defrosting with a hot spiced rum drink.

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    Grosvenor Park

    by Myfanwe Updated Jan 3, 2011

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    Grosvenor Park is a wonderful place to take a stroll, have a picnic and enjoy the wildlife. It is situated alongside the River Dee and is described as a fine example of a Victorian Park. During my visit in December I found some very hungry squirrels here who were very tame indeed and so cheeky
    that they took food out of my hand and clambered up my legs to check for food in my coat pockets!! I went back the next day with Gareth (VT-er Balam) we were armed with plenty of peanuts for our furry little friends. I also attracted a rather large flock of pigeons!!

    In the summer months you will find a miniature railway here, colourful rock gardens and a sensory herb garden.

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    The Grosvenor Museum

    by Myfanwe Written Jan 3, 2011

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    The Grosvenor Museum is a fabulous place to visit if you want to find out all there is to know about the Roman Occupation and life in Chester in years gone by. There are many great galleries for you to browse around and 20 Castle Street which is a house attached to the rear of the museum which has each room decorated in a different period through the ages of the house, starting as a timber framed house in the 1660's.

    I was particularly impressed with the local Roman artefacts held in the museum and the wonderfully engraved tombstones on display in the Graham Webster Gallery. Although the best thing about this great Museum is that Admission is Free!

    Open Monday - Saturday 10:30am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 4pm
    Closed 24th - 27th December, 31st December and 1st January

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    Rhino mania

    by muguruki Updated Sep 6, 2010

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    In the last few months Chester is plagued by an infestation of rhinos all over the city.

    62 of them have appeared in different designs created by artists as well as school kids.

    Here is one of a few that are in front of the town hall.

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    Elephant

    by muguruki Written Sep 6, 2010

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    There are some dreadful lumps of metal and stone around the city of Chester masquerading as art but this bronze sculpture is an exception.

    The 1 metre tall sculpture of an elephant calf by Annette Yarrow was donated by Chester zoo. The sculpture can be found opposite the town hall on Northgate Street

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by Andrew_W_K Written Jul 5, 2010

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    There is a bridge that crosses the Shropshire Union canal just off the city walls near the Northgate that dates back to 1793 and was built to allow condemned prisoners to walk from the gaol to the chapel to receive the last rights prior to execution.
    Being honest I look at it, think of the one in Venice and sigh that it isn't the same one!
    I wouldn't make a special journey to see it but if you're passing......

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    Queen’s Park Suspension Bridge

    by grayfo Written May 18, 2010

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    The original suspension bridge was built in 1852, Chester Corporation took over the responsibility for the bridge in the early 1920s and demolished it in 1922. It was replaced by a new bridge in 1923 and restored in 1998.

    March 2010

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    Go on the lash in Chester

    by muguruki Written May 5, 2010

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    Here is a good thing to do while you are in Chester. You can buy one these post cards that feature a mere 26 of many historical pubs in the city and then you can steadily work your way through all these boozers having a drink in each.

    It would be possible to reproduce a similar postcard as this with a similar amount of equally good and or historic watering holes that have somehow failed to make it on to the original card. Thankfully though my favourite ale house in Chester “Ye Olde Boot Inn” has made it on to the postcard.

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    Changing the Guard

    by Balam Written Apr 28, 2010

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    If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday during the Summer make sure you are at the Eastgate Arch at Midday to watch the changing of the Roman Guard.
    It is an hour long inspection and parade which can involve up to 25 soldiers in full Roman military costume.

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    Gods Providence

    by Balam Written Apr 28, 2010

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    Gods Providence House in Watergate Street was originally built in 1652 which was 4 years after a plague killed 2,000 Chester inhabitants in only 10 months.
    The motto on it's frontage 'Gods providence is mine inheritance' is an expression of thanks that no members of the family died during the epidemic.

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    The Roman Amphitheatre

    by Balam Written Apr 28, 2010

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    The Amphitheatre is the largest Roman construction in Chester but was only found by accident in 1929. It was situated outside the fortress and had walls 33ft (10m) high and 100 yards (90m) in diameter and would have been the largest of it's type in Britain being able to seat 7,000 people. Half of the arena has been revealed but the rest lays beneith more recent buildings.

    Open Daily from Easter to 30th September 10:00 - 18:00
    October to Easter 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.
    Entry is free

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    The Boot Inn

    by Balam Written Apr 27, 2010

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    This pub is one of Chesters oldest, the building originally belonged to a Medieval Merchant but the timber frame that you see today at Row level dates from around the time it opened as a pub in 1643. The facade was rebuilt abd restored in the late 19th centuary and again in 1988. Until then the actual pub was tucked away behind a barbers shop that used to be at the front. Before that it is thought that there used to be a brothel there.
    We called in for a drink and to view the original wattle and daub wall here that can be seen on entering and on the stairs.

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