History of Town
There are cities that when you visit them, fall in love because they have something magical in the environment, a special aura that makes them unique and unforgettable. And historic Chester is one of them. Perhaps because it seems to be anchored in time, probably because it is the best-preserved walled city in England, perhaps because of its Roman ruins or possibly because of its charming medieval houses that run through a pedestrian old town full of flavor and atmosphere. What is clear is that it is one of the most historic cities in England and that is why during our escape to Liverpool we decided to spend a day there. Today I tell you what to see and do in Chester, the magical walled English city.
Where is Chester?
Chester is located in north-west England, on the border with Wales and has neighboring cities as crucial as Liverpool or Manchester. Arriving from both towns is easy as it is well connected by train. It is the county seat of Cheshire County and has a population of approximately 120,000. In the summertime, it receives more visitors.
A brief history of Chester
Summarizing in a few paragraphs the history of a city is almost a blasphemy, but I also don’t want to tire you with history lessons because neither is the aim of this blog nor am I an expert in the matter. Chester was founded by the Vespasian emperor in the year 79 of our era to defend the fertile lands of the River Dee. What began as a Roman camp ended up being a thriving city that suffered Celtic and Viking invasions, but it was in the Middle Ages that it experienced significant growth, especially between the 12th and 14th centuries due to its strategic location and commercial port. chester1
Interestingly, it was much more critical than neighboring Liverpool, founded in 1207 as a seaport to conquer Ireland. But it was in 1599 that Chester lost his hegemony in the area as the ships could not reach Rio and Liverpool became more critical at Chester’s expense. It continued to grow in the Shadow of Liverpool, and today it is an average city of more than 100,000 inhabitants that, thanks to its rich history, is full of visitor’s eager to discover its well preserved and charming medieval Old Town or its Roman walls.
The city’s football club was Chester City F. C. until its disappearance in 2010. The relay was taken over, that same year, by the Chester Football Club competing at the National Conference and headquartered at Deva Stadium, on the outskirts of the city. Despite playing in smaller groups, the Chester F. C. stars in the Derby border against the neighboring welsh of Wrexham F. C. These clashes present great rivalry given the national character of the England-Wales encounter.
Chester is a city in north-west England that borders Wales. The capital of Cheshire County, it is in a major communications hub as to the North is the Wirral Peninsula and Liverpool. To the east, Manchester; to the West, North Wales with the railway line to Holyhead, and the south, the nearby Welsh town of Wrexham. The Dee River crosses the city center.
Chester is one of the best-preserved walled cities in England. The city has its origin in the Deva Victrix Romana, founded in the ’70s of the 1st century in the time of the Vespasian Emperor. The amphitheater and its walls bear witness to this Roman past.