Chester Travel Guide

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Chester Things to Do

  • Walls of Chester

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The city walls are not just the frame and fortifications for the city – they are one of their main attractions. The first city walls were built around 70AD and altered during the centuries according to the needs of their era. It was not until the civil war when they were put to an extensive test. For example, you can see the spot where the...

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  • Romans in Chester

    The Roman garden was laid out in the 1950’s to display the building fragments of the original Roman fortress which were excavated in the nineteenth century. It leads through Pepper Street to the river Dee. There is also a fine reconstruction of a hypocaust which was the Roman system of under-floor heating, an example of the Romans’ ingenuity and...

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  • Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chester is not among the big Cathedral cities of Britain and the “Crap Towns” series even compares it to “your average parish church”. Maybe that was the reason why I was surprised to find such a large and fine red brick Cathedral here in Chester. The building's history leads to the establishment of a Benedictine Abbey in 1093, but there have been...

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Chester Hotels

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Chester Restaurants

  • Bear and Billet

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Bear and Billet is a great old pub in Chester. It was built in 1664 replacing a building destroyed during the civil war. The Bear and Billet is a great example of a black and white half timbered building. It was originally the town house of the Earls of Shrewsbury (the sergeants of the Bridgegate), The building has been an inn since the 18th...

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  • The Albion

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This is not a restaurant. It is a pub that serves food and that was very basic. We went there as a group of four.Not made to feel welcome. In actual fact, as there was a quiz going on we felt in the way and left as soon as we had eaten to continue the night in another pub down the road at which we were made to feel very welcome. We were not offered...

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  • Riverside Cafe

    1 out of 5 stars

    Today we had the sorry experience of choosing (out of all the lovely places to eat in Chester) the Riverside Cafe. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. I ordered a soup (which was OK) and a Club Sandwich but in a wrap instead of bread. This consisted of very cheap ham and quite nice chicken wrapped (and I use that term losely!!!) in a...

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Chester Nightlife

  • Restored Gem

    The first house on the site of the Falcon pub was built in 1200.This building was longer and reached further down Lower Bridge st.In the thirteenth century the building was altered and a row walkway was added through the front of the property.In the seventeenth century the property was aquired by the Grosvenor family.The building was extensively...

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  • Historic Inn

    Built in 1664 to replace a building destroyed during the Civil war,the Bear and billet is one of the finest examples of black and white half timbered buildings in Chester.Originally the town house of the Earl of Shrewsbury,the sergeants of the Bridgegate,the building has served as an inn since the 18th century.it is said that the earl leased it to...

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  • Cool Bar

    A great little bar just outside the Cit Centre offering a variety of ales and wine's and hosting live music every weekend,the bar is clean and modern with music memorabilia on the walls and friendly atmosphere.We had a couple of pints of beer here and found it was reasonable in price. Casual

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Chester Transportation

  • Cheshire Day Ranger

    A day rail ticket giving unlimited travel from Chester after 08:45. The limit of the ticket is Liverpool - Birkenhead - Shotton - Crewe - Kidsgrove - Manchester Picadilly - Earlstown - Liverpool - plus all Wirral lines, Crewe to Whitchurch, Kidsgrove - Stoke on Trent, Stockport - Buxton and Manchester Picadilly - Hadfield / Glossop/New Mills...

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  • North Wales Rovers

    North Wales / Chester is divided in to 8 zones roughly matching counties, and day rovers give unrestricted travel by bus and train for £10.00( 2 adjacent zones), £15 (three), £27 (all zones). Children half price.Also the all zones add in Machynlleth - Gobowen and gives a 50% discount on the Ffestiniog Railway and WHR.Ask at Chester station for more...

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  • Heart of England Rover

    Unlimited train travel from Chester that represents good value if you base yourself in the town and wish to explore the area.Bounded by Chester - Ruabon - Shrewsbury - Hereford - Oxford - Leamington - Nottingham - Derby - Nuneaton - Leicester - Nottingham - Derby - Alsager - Chester. Also Worcester Shrub Hill / Bromsgrove - Gloucester , Rugby -...

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Chester Shopping

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  • November and December

    The Chester Christmas Market is popular for finding gifts and tasty treats, including performances of local groups and community talent in the bandstand. A new addition this year Christmas Toboggan ride and Santa’s Sleigh the 70-ft high fairground slide includes a lighthouse design tracing the attraction back to 1953 where it was the centre piece...

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  • Cheese please

    Back in the day Chester’s indoor market was a buzzing place with a wide variety of stalls and all a 2 minute walk from the bus station. In those days I would be dragged away from the market stall selling ground coffee from places all over the world where as a nascent coffee addict I would be busy sniffing the coffee beans and deciding which coffee...

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  • Culturally Different!

    Whilst visiting the Chester Rows, I came across this shop. It was quite small but was full of interesting framed and unframed examples of the art of cartoon drawing.The owner seems to be ever present working on his most current cartoon commission.

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Chester Local Customs

  • City of Chester Locomotive

    LMS 46239 Coronation Class The 46220-46257 Series or Coronation class locomotives are a group of steam locomotives built by the London Midland and Scottish Railway and introduced in June 1937. The Coronation/Duchess Class remains the most powerful steam locomotives built in Britain. The City of Chester was built in September 1939, withdrawn in...

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  • Town Criers

    Chester is the only place in Britain that has maintained the tradition of regular midday proclamations at the High Cross, it is here that proclamations have been made since the Middle Ages. Chester's Town Criers, David and Julie Mitchell, are also the world's first husband and wife Town Crier partnership.Tuesday-Saturday, May-August, at noon;...

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  • Ghosts!!!

    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...

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Chester Warnings and Dangers

  • Romans in Chester

    There have been sightings of Romans around the town. However, they appear to be more interested in escorting tour groups and school children than gladiatorial combat and are generally harmless.

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  • Everything shuts down at 5:30pm!

    OK, maybe it's not that drastic, the pubs and clubs are still open past 5:30. And a few restaurants too. But for a town that's renowned for it's shopping, there is nothing open past 5:30 (well, M&S is open until 6:00pm). If you're unfamiliar with English shopping hours, most stores shut at the insanely early hour of 5:30pm on weekdays. For some...

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  • Cheshire Cats

    As the county seat of Chesire, Chester is over-ridden with indigenous felines. Called "Cheshire Cats," these feral beasts slink across the city, taking shelter in trees and archways and hiding from view when spotted. Often, all you can see is the gleam from their eerily bright teeth. I urge caution when dealing with these felines. While they are...

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Chester Tourist Traps

  • Dewa Roman Experience

    If you're interested in Roman history you will undoubtedly be directed to Dewa Roman Experience. I found it to be quite disappointing and more concerned with gimmicky displays of what it must have smelled like than any useful information. At 5 british pounds it's also kind of pricey. The most interesting part of the tour is the 'excavation' in the...

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  • Roman Soldier Trap

    Watch out you don't get caught by a Roman Soldier ;-) Seriouly though a "roman soldier" can be obtained for guided tours of Chester - just ask at the tourist information centre by the town hall.Also this Roman soldier is an advert for the "Deva Experience" where you can step aboard a roman galley ship and reconstructed streets of old Chester -...

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    110 Hotels in Chester

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Chester What to Pack

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    by clareabee Written Jun 14, 2010

    Luggage and bags: ok make sure you have a bag that zips for starters - not that i would say Chester is a thieves hotspot but better to be safe than sorry!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It always rains....when you least expect it so an umbrella is a must. You also need flat comfortable shoes. There are many cobbled streets in Chester and wearing heels is not a good idea...you may get away with wedges but stick to something comfortable and flat if I was you!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you can get whatever you need here so don't worry if you forget anything!

    Photo Equipment: again can pretty much get what you want here.

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Chester Off The Beaten Path

  • The Chester Cocoa House Company

    Keep an eye out for this attractive Victorian signage on a building in Brook Street which is currently occupied by a gastropub called Kash. This is the last remaining visual legacy of the Chester Cocoa House Company which was formed by the Quakers with the intention of persuading working men to drink cocoa rather than beer! The temperance movement...

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  • Stephen Broadbent's other sculpture

    As well as his famous, "The Water of Life" in the cloister garden of the cathedral, Stephen Broadbent has another bronze sculpture in Chester, in front of the Town Hall. His "Celebration of Chester" was erected in 1992.

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  • Nine Houses

    Yes, I know in the photo there are only six of them. They are the ones that remain of an original row of nine timber-framed almshouses built in the 17th century for poor pensioners of Chester. Residents had to be aged 65 or over and not drink or smoke.

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Chester Sports & Outdoors

  • Chester Races - worth a visit

    Chester is famous for its horse racing and has regular meets thoughout the summer season.If you are in the area when they are on it would make for a good day out - got use public transport - don't even consider driving in it is crazy!

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  • Chester Racecourse

    Chester racecourse is situated alongside the River Dee, not far from the City Centre. The racecours is famed for its' great hospitality with a great sounding restaurant on site and fixtures and events galore.

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  • Relegation or non existence

    It soon may not even be possible to see football in Chester at the deviant stadium as the club there may be closed down!jester city

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Chester Favorites

  • Riverside

    It is great to take a walk along the river. Unlike York, Chester's riverside is full of pubs with beer gardens with riverviews and there is always something happening here summertime. You are also close to the remains of the roman amphitheatre and yes, there are sightseeing boat trips.

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  • Street Scenes

    Just the other side of the wall from the Roman garden is this lovely row of tiny timber and sandstone cottages built as almshouses in about 1650. And no you haven't miscounted - only six of the original nine survive! Take a little detour from your walk around the walls to see them.

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  • Town Hall

    Chester's Town Hall, in Northgate St, is a good place to start and the Tourist Information centre is right next door if you need maps and guides etc.. in fact you can pick up a free City Centre Attractions Guide for money-saving vouchers on museum visits and places to eat in the tourist office.

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