River Dee flows through Chester and runs parallel to the city walls on the southern side of the old town. This area as well as the part around the racecourse are good places for a riverside walk.
While the area along The Groves (southeast to the old town) has all the tourist-related stuff like restaurants and boat rental companies, there are some sights related to this area as well. This includes the city walls, but also a beautiful Edwardian music pavillon, the church of St. John the Baptist and the Grosvenor Park. Have also a look at the two bridges: The Dee Bridge which is from 1387 and stands on the spot of a former Roman wooden bridge. The nearby Victorian metal footbridge was built in 1852.
River Dee was crucial to Chester's economy for many years and made it an important harbour town. In the late middle ages, the river began to silt up and Chester's importance began to vanish. It was the beginning of it's neighbour's success story: Liverpool.
The River Dee travels through Wales and England and forms part of the boundry between the two countries.The river flows through Chester and is very poular with locals and tourists especially during thr summer months when many people take to the river on rowing boats and boat tours were you can take a daytime or evening cruise down the river.
The river banks have plenty of benches to sit and relax and there are plenty of pubs and cafe's to visit as well.
boat tours start at £12.50 for adults and £2.50 for kids with Chester city cruise.
If the weather allows it the River side is a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by. There is a great Ice Cream Kiosk as well as a Pub Restaurant, along the river there are plenty of benches to sit on where you can eat your packed lunch as we did.
Various boats leave from here on short cruises up the River.
The fantastic riverside walk alongside the River Dee was opened in the 19th Century. Here you can stop for a snack and a drink at one of the cafe's, just sit and watch the World go by. Or if you're feeling more energetic there are a wide range of boats available for hire or you can take a boat trip up river to soak up your surroundings. Also, evey Sunday during the summer months you'll be able to catch a concert at the Edwardian Bandstand - a perfect way to while away the hours.
The banks of the River Dee offer lots of lovely seating and views of the river, boats and ducks. There is an ice cream kiosk which serves lovely '99 flakes, but beware the large ones, they really mean large!
If you follow the city wall tour eventually you will come to the River Dee.
You can take a cruise, rowing boat or just watch the world go by.
There are small huts along the River selling refreshments, ice creams, coffees ect.
Along the other side of the road there are Bistros, restuarants and snack bars.
Along by the River Dee its very much like a promenade area, but instead of being by the sea you are by the river. A lovely area to walk along, or sit and just sit. Plenty of seats along here.
The bandstand was built in 1913 at a cost of £350. When we visited there was a youth brass band playing. Most weekends there will be something going on here.
The Groves, Chester's riverside promenade. Walk along the riverside.
There are refreshment kiosks, pubs and landing stages from where boats depart for cruises up the Dee and from where rowing- and motorboats can be hired.
If you follow the city walls around Chester you will eventually end up at the river. When I was there on the first warm Saturday in March everyone was out eating ice cream and watching people rowing on the river. There was a small stage with different people singing and performing. There was a restaurant down the (Old Orleans) but it was too expensive for me (as I am only a poor student). Instead I bought a hotdog and some chips at a little burger/ice cream shop there. And sat at bench looking at people and swans and basically just having a great time!