Chester, a 2,000 – year-old town in England – Chester, is located in the northeast of England, about 450 km from the capital London and is known as the “city of the Great Wall.” Founded by the Romans in the 1st century A.D., the city retains much of its medieval architecture, including the village aspect. It is surrounded by a high wall, which protected the city from enemy invasions.
Despite the new reforms that the wall has undergone for centuries, its date is based on the fact that it was built some 2,000 years ago. You can walk through all its length and admire the beauty of the medieval city.
Other beautiful attractions are the impressive Roman amphitheater; the Norman-style Werburga Cathedral with its magnificent cloister and beautiful gardens, the Dee River, the Eastgate – the most photographed clock in Britain after Big Ben and the medieval shops, the two-story galleries, dating back several centuries.
In a few centuries, the city has developed as an important area for its port but lost the throne of cities with better infrastructure, such as Manchester and Liverpool, mainly in the industrial age. With this, the old part remained preserved, which has its roots intact not as in other cities.
Medieval architecture in some places and others with great Roman inspiration is beautiful and is very well preserved, which allows us many times, to transport us in time!
To get to Chester it’s straightforward, just take a train to Liverpool station, London, Manchester, or even from Scotland. One day is enough to meet her and if possible, see during the spring, which is when the gardens are with flowers, and the city is even more beautiful!
Sometimes, because of flight schedules, a trip opens up a space that allows you to make an additional visit.
This happened to me on one of my trips to England, where I flew to Liverpool Airport, where I arrived several hours before other friends visiting from another Spanish city.
This allowed me to take the opportunity to visit the small medieval town of Chester, which is just over half an hour south of the airport.
Although Chester has several corners that justify his visit, it was his famous houses that led me to this town whose origins go back to the time of a camp that the Romans installed on the banks of the River Dee.
Chester and the charm of their entrapped houses
The succession of houses entangled that are situated in the historic center of Chester is of the 13th century, although over the centuries have had numerous renovations and additions, especially in the Victorian era.
In the basements of the buildings, you can see the oldest parts of them, but in any case, it is their lovely entrapped facades that will draw your attention.
It is on the main streets of Eastgate and Bridge, which come together in a small square that you will distinguish by its stone cross (the Cross), where more houses are concentrated.
Precisely, in the area of the old commercial galleries which is known as The Row, dates from the 14th century, where the shops were located on two floors. During your visit, you can still see that shopping area.
I don’t remember any other place in Britain where so many houses are concentrated. But on your walk-in Chester, you’ll also find different exciting corners.
On the same street Eastgate, there is a curious watch which I understand is the one that has the greatest fame in England after the Big Ben of the Parliament of London.
The Eastgate clock is situated on an arch that occupies the place of the ancient medieval gates of Chester, a city that has the most extended section of the wall that lives in British cities. The clock was installed at the end of the 19th century in the Victorian era.
Now, the main monument of Chester is its cathedral of Norman style, of the mid-THIRTEENTH century. From it, I want to highlight its interior, with a spectacular gothic choir, and with numerous stained glass windows.
On your visit to Chester Cathedral you can’t miss entering its cloister, with the bows that delimit it with the central garden covered by stained glass, and as is very common in the cathedrals of England, with a spectacular chapter room, where at the beginning of the 13th century the Benedictine monks gathered for reading.
Finally, from Chester, I would also like to highlight the city hall building, which you will see in front of the main facade of the cathedral.
Neo-gothic style, the town hall, Chester was built in 1862 to house the headquarters of the town hall after the fire that destroyed the original building of the SEVENTEENTH century.
In short, Chester is a visit that should not be missed on a tourist route that has as its starting point the airports of cities like Liverpool or nearby Manchester.