Visit Chester

Visiting Chester? Then here are a few ideas of what to see and do during your visit.

Walk the city walls and experience 2000 years of history. Cruise along the River Dee where the bustle, noise and traffic seem a million miles away. Step inside the gothic splendor of Chester Cathedral, browse around the medieval shopping streets of Eastgate and Watergate. Revel in Chester's Roman heritage at the Grosvenor Museum.

Town Hall

Visit Chester's Gothic-style Town HallVisit the Gothic-style Town Hall with its 160 foot spire for Tourist Information and a look at the Chester Tapestry.

Water Tower

Chester's Water Tower.Visit the medieval Water Tower. Built to protect the Port of Chester and reached by sailing ships from around the world until the River Dee silted up.

Northgate Arena

The Northgate Arena, Chester.Visit the Northgate Arena. A fantastic leisure complex with Mediterranean style pool and all sorts of sports facilities.

Chester Zoo

Chimps at Chester ZooVisit Chester Zoo. The largest zoo outside London, with spectacular gardens. The kids will love watching the chimps at feeding time.

King Charles Tower

King Charles Tower.Visit the King Charles Tower. So called because Charles I is said to have watched his army defeated at nearby Rowton Moor from the top of this tower. A fascinating reminder of Chester's role in the civil war and two years the city spent besieged by Cromwell's troops.

Chester Cathedral

Chester CathedralVisit Chester's 1000 year old Cathedral located in the heart of the city. Take a tour and learn about the Cathedral's fascinating history.

Grosvenor Park Railway

Grosvenor Park Miniature RailwayTake a ride through the natural haven of Grosvenor Park on Chester's own miniature steam railway. Visit the souvenir shop at the Grosvenor station which stocks a variety of railway and Thomas the Tank Engine gifts. Open April-October weekends and school holidays 10.30am-5pm, Winter Sundays only 11am-4pm weather permitting.

Eastgate Clock

Chester's Eastgate ClockTake time to visit Chester's Eastgate Clock. Erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's reign and probably the most photographed timepiece in the world after Big Ben.

Chester Market

Chester MarketVisit Chester's market. Originally established in the Middle Ages, this traditional Market features a host of stalls offering everything you need under one roof including fresh local produce. Open Monday to Saturday.

Grosvenor Park

Chester's Grosvenor ParkVisit Chester's Grosvenor Park. Stroll through the well maintained gardens or take a ride on the miniature railway. Take the children to feed the ducks by the pond or play in the children's play area.

Ruins of St John's Church

The ruins at St. John's ChurchVisit St. John's church and discover the ruins of an Anglo-Saxon Cathedral. Look out for the coffin in the wall!

River Dee

The River Dee at ChesterTake a cruise along the River Dee or if your feeling a little more energetic you can hire a rowing boat or a paddle boat.

Old Dee Bridge

Old Dee Bridge, Chester

Visit the Old Dee Bridge with its seven irregular arches that dates from the late 13th century, and was partially rebuilt in 1347-58. It was once fortified on the south side of the river by a barbican - a fortified gatehouse - as a defence against Welsh raiders. King Charles is said to have crossed the Bridge in 1645 to escape capture by Cromwell's troops.

St. John's Church

St John's Church, Chester.Visit the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist and discover one of the finest examples in Europe of the transition between Romanesque architecture of the Nave pillars to the slender Gothic of the Triforium and Clenestory. Its organ was originally in Westminster Abbey and played at Queen Victoria's Coronation and afterwards transported by barge to Chester.

Rufus Court

Rufus Court, Chester.Visit Rufus Court, an enchanting colony of specialist shops just off Northgate Street for the best in sculpture, jewellery and unique art etc.

Grosvenor Museum

The Grosvenor Museum, Chester.Visit Chester's great treasures from the past in the Grosvenor Museum which showcases the city's silver, art and natural history. Discover how people lived in Chester across the centuries in specially constructed period rooms. Walk through a cemetery of Roman tombstones recalling the lives of legionaries stationed in the Fortress of Deva 2000 years ago. View a fabulous DVD presentation showing how the city developed from the age of the dinosaurs to the 21st Century. Open daily 10.30am to 5pm Mon-Sat, 1pm-4pm Sunday. Free Admission.

Grosvenor Bridge

Grosvenor Bridge, ChesterDesigned by the architect Thomas Harrison, Chester's Grosvenor Bridge was the longest single-span stone arch bridge in the world when opened by Princess (later Queen) Victoria in 1832.

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