A guide to Chester, England

Paul Lines By Paul Lines, 1st Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Chester is a town that dates in history back to a time when the Roman empire was found in the UK

History

Two thousand years ago, the Romans built a fortress in North West England close to the border with Wales and alongside the River Dee. Much of the walls that surrounded that fortress still survive, together with its four gateways, although now they encompass the thriving city known as Chester. The unique architectural mix of buildings in the city provides evidence of the rich and varied history of this beautiful city. For the historian traveller, talking the two-mile walk along the city walls, which look down upon the city, may be the best way to see these, giving unhindered view of many unique buildings.

Attractions

Scattered in and around Chester there are many examples of ancient buildings and sites. These include the medieval cathedral. Although the Cathedral, saved once by Henry VIII, has been rebuilt three times, it has remained for 1,250 years in its present form, providing a tranquil and impressive place of worship. You must also visit the partially excavated Roman Amphitheatre, where in the summer you can converse with the archaeologists on site, and the variety of timber buildings. There is even a street in the City that has been reconstructed to bring you the experience of life in Roman times, a must for the children, as they can become Centurions for the day. Another of the City's most famous landmarks is the Eastgate Clock, which was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It sits proud atop the high archway in Eastgate Street.

Shopping in Chester is more than a retail experience. Amidst the pedestrian streets of the city's retail area you will find the Unique elevated ancient Gallerias that contain modern shops, yet another reminder of medieval times. When needing sustenance you can feast at an array of restaurants and hostelries catering for all palettes and occasion and, as the day draws to a close and rest is calling you are spilt for choice from the city's range of luxury hotels, bed and breakfast of self-catering accommodation.

Children will also enjoy the Chester experience, especially if you include a visit to Chester Zoo, complete with over 400 species of animals and many thousands of varieties of plants and trees. Equally important to the child, and the one in you, will be the Blue Planet Aquarium, home to over twenty different types of shark and many other marine life creatures. See the power of their jaws as you wander through the labyrinth of tunnels separated from these magnificent sea creatures by inches of glass.

A Chester journey would not be complete without a visit to the river, where you can relax in the nearby parks and watch the water activities, including rowing and cruising, or take your family on a boat trip. Night-time on the river is also full of activity, with the cruiser operators offering themed evenings afloat. For those who want to wander further afield, Chester is surrounded by some beautiful countryside and is not far from the Welsh border.

Closing comments

Whilst steeped in history, Chester has recognised the variety of experiences that tourist’s desire and has managed to create the perfect blend into a delightful holiday experience.

Find futher information on the city at http://www.chester360.co.uk/attractions-in-chester.htm

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Chester, City, City Break, England, Historic, Old Town, Vacation Spot, Vacation Tips

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Having spent a large part of my working life as a business consultant, I am now a full time freelance writer offering content for on-line and print publishers, as well as focusing on creative writing

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