Not far from the border with Wales, the city of Chester lies on the River Dee in Cheshire, England. The city is more than 2,000 years old, which means there is plenty of history, culture and architecture on hand spanning several eras. Distinctive 19th century black-and-white revival architecture can be found throughout the city.
The Roman and medieval walls encircling the city are a big tourist attraction. After their defensive function became unnecessary, they were converted into an elevated walkway around the city. A walk around the complete two-mile circuit takes about an hour, but most visitors will find plenty to stop and marvel at along the way.
The Chester Rows are walkways with a unique structure not found anywhere else in the world. These covered walkways that date back to the 13th century lead to two different levels of commercial properties. The walkways pass in front of the first floor shops and restaurants, and they offer access to the street-level establishments via steps.
River cruises are a popular way of enjoying the city’s unique atmosphere and remarkable sights. The ancient city can also be explored via walking tours. The city’s storied past provides plenty of fodder for ghost tours.
Chester is the perfect place to find markets and handcrafted items as well as colorful cafes and pubs. The area comes to life at Christmastime. The festive mood and decorations make it look like something straight out of a postcard. The award-winning Cheshire Zoo is a fun stop for visitors of all ages. It has more than 11,000 animals. The Blue Planet Aquarium’s Caribbean Reef display is another good option for nature lovers. The Chester Racecourse is the ideal venue to experience the thrill of horse racing.
The Cheshire Cathedral has plenty of architecture and art to admire, including woodcarvings, cloisters, Gothic columns, and spectacular stained glass. It is open daily and entrance is free.
The Cheshire Peak District is sure to make an impression on outdoor lovers. The area’s Gritstone Trail is a stunning walking trail split into three stages where visitors can enjoy the memorable sights of moorlands, peaks, and outcrops.