Things to Do
The characteristic architecture of the buildings of the center as well as, the walls are trendy among tourists. Also, Chester has a famous Cathedral and several shopping malls. At present, the Prince of Wales also receives the title of Earl of Chester.
To the east of Chester, is the largest zoo in the UK, the award-winning Chester Zoo, which has 445.000 square meters of surface and close to 11,000 animals. On summer weekends, traditional horse races are organized in Chester at the racetrack next to the ramparts, a place where a large crowd of people from the border towns is moved elegantly dressed.
Chester also has a professional basketball team in the British Basketball League, the top British basketball competition. They are the Cheshire Phoenix, formerly known as the Cheshire Jets, and their local pavilion was the Northgate Arena between 1993 and 2015 when they moved to the Cheshire Oaks Arena in Ellesmere Port.
There are numerous pubs, discos, bars, and restaurants in the city, which have been built on medieval buildings, making them quite accessible to the town.
That see in Chester
- Walking and shopping. The Roman pattern of grid streets makes it easy to visit the historic center on foot and all its monuments. It is a delight to visit the historic center full of medieval houses, Roman ruins, and its festive shopping atmosphere. Because this city has a well-deserved reputation as a shopping paradise.
- Houses with wooden frames are one of Chester’s claims and an image you won’t forget. Clean white facades with their oak beams mark the main pedestrian streets of the town, giving it that old and old air that has made Chester so famous.
- Walls: Chester preserves a magnificent walled enclosure, and it is possible to walk through the barriers that border the ancient city. A curious and free activity.
- The Norman cathedral of Chester is another of the main attractions of the city – Located in the town hall square, this imposing building that began to be built in 1,250 is one of the most visited monuments. Don’t miss your windows, the roof of the central nave or the views from your tower.
- Street Eastgate is the main artery of the city and place of passage of local and all that visit Chester. The cross, a medieval cross in a small square where the four most essential streets converge, is always lively and at any time you can see performances by street artists.
- Watch iron Eastgate. At the east entrance door to the Old Town, There is a unique clock, and they say that after Big Ben, it is the most photographed watch in the world. When the ancient gate of the wall was broken down, and this arch was built, it was decided to make a clock on it to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. On an iron structure, it was inaugurated in 1899 coinciding with the 80th anniversary of Queen Victoria, and today it is one of the tourist claims and most photographed place of the charming Chester. The truth is, it’s very eye-catching and photogenic.
- The Rows commercial galleries date from the Middle Ages (13th century) and have the peculiarity of being integrated into the beautiful houses with wooden frames. They’re covered and on two levels and cross Eastgate, Bridge and Watergate streets. Shops of all kinds delight shopping lovers as you walk through galleries and passages from another time. And if it rains, what better plan than to take cover shopping.
- The Grosvenor Museum was also not able to see it due to lack of time, and I also read that it was small and not very interesting, but still, if you go with time, you can get to know a little more the history of the city. It’s free.
- There are also extensive gardens such as Grosvenor Park or The Meadows although due to lack of time I could not visit them, but as usual, they are ideal for relaxing or having a picnic if the weather is good.
- The Roman amphitheater of Chester was the largest in Britain in Roman times and served as entertainment and military training – If you walk south of the walls, you will see it correctly, although you have to imagine it because there is not much left of it.
- There are historical tours for all tastes. It’s not hard to find you for Chester to people in disguise who are guides who teach the whole history of this city differently. Like Dewa Roman Experience, where guides dressed as Roman legionaries will show you the entanglements of Chester in Roman times. Or the Chester walking Tour to learn more than 2,000 years of Chester’s history. And there’s even a ghost Tour, which in this city says mysteries and spirits abounded. If you do not like the jolts, the River Cruise passes through the river Dee, and we are sure you will relax more.
- At noon on the Cross of the nerve center of the medieval center, the town crier, dressed in his period costume, will tell you the most excellent news of the city, as it was done in the Middle Ages in this same place.
- Horse races. Sure any time you hate to talk about the Chester racecourse and its famous horse race, not in vain has the pride of being the racecourse, the oldest in England (1539). I didn’t go, but it must be quite an experience to spend a day at the races.
- Chester also has a vital zoo, considered one of the most important in England – It has more than 12,000 animals and 1.6 million people visit it every year.
- To eat or drink a good pint of beer there are many pubs, but I advise Ye Olde Custom House Inn, an authentic and quiet pub where you eat well at Reasonable Prices. You go down east gate Street and start walking down Watergate Street. To the left, you are in a beautiful period house.