Chester: discover the roman town
The quaint little town of Chester lies in the Northwest of England, close to the Welsh border. Chester used be the biggest Roman Fort in England and today it remains an important Trading and Tourism center. You will find lots of traces of history in this beautiful roman town.
Walking on the City Walls for example, which are made of red sandstone and are just under 2 Miles long, will lead to the historic center of Chester and offers stunning views of the city. The original city wall was built by the Romans and has constantly been renewed. Of particular interest is the East Gate with an ornate filigree Clock, which is almost as famous as Big Ben in London.
A little further south, you can visit the Wishing Steps, that you can test: If you run up and down the wishing steps twice, whilst holding your breath, a wish should come true!
The streets of the city center are arranged systematically and very typical of a Roman city. The Cross, located in the center of Chester, has 4 main roads leading away from it and towards the city gates. It is also here, where you can admire the famous â€œRows of Chesterâ€.
The â€œRowsâ€ are two-tiered medieval galleries, with some of the best shops and a shopping mall in stone and black/white half-timbered construction. The Rows of Chester date from the medieval era and may have been built on top of rubble that remained from the ruins of Roman buildings. In the historic center you will find many buildings from the Tudor period (1485-1603) and the Victorian era (1837-1901). The Rows of Chester are unique, as nothing similar exists anywhere else in the world.
The Chester Cathedral is built out of red sandstone and was a Benedictine Abbey until 1541. It offers many different styles, thanks to the long history of its existence. This magnificent building truly is a national treasure in the heart of city and has been the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Chester since 1541.
Beyond the city walls, the remains of the Roman amphitheater can be seen. The amphitheater in Chester was the largest in the country and provided space for 7.000 spectators. From the amphitheater, a path leads to the River Dee and the river promenade â€œThe Grovesâ€.
The Chester Castle dates from the 18th Century and houses the Cheshire Military Museum. From here you have a lovely view of the River Dee.
The Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in England and is located just outside the city. You can easily spend an entire day at the Zoo with your family.
Come to Chester and visit this fabulous little town with everything it has to offer!