Back in 2012, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the town of Chester England and study for my Masters degree at the University of Chester.
The school itself was only has short five minute walk to the downtown area. Along the way, I saw gorgeous Georgian and Victorian Mansions. It felt like I had taken a trip back in time to a place long ago.
Chester is a city in the county of Cheshire which is in northwest England. The town was founded as a Roman era fortress in the 1st century A.D. It’s a heritage town that is well known for its extensive, well preserved Roman walls made of local red sandstone.
The downtown part of Chester is so beautiful with the cobblestone streets, quaint storybook-esc look, and contained elements of various historical styles. It was largely for this reason why I immediately fell in love with this English university town. The town exhibits a range of architecture, that encompasses centuries of architectural evolution and design.
For any history buffs looking to visit Chester England, this town is a must see because it is full of Roman, Medieval, and a touch of Victorian history. What also makes this town unique is the Roman Wall that surrounds the town that is still in excellent shape.
Visiting the Town of Chester England
The public can still visit Chester and take in the breathtaking views of the mountains in Wales. Also situated along the wall are the Chester Racecourse, the ruins of Chester Castle, a few tea rooms, and a quick way to go to the Riverwalk.
I have actually watched a horse race just by standing on the wall. Other Roman aspects include a Roman Garden, the magnificent Chester Cathedral, the Grosvenor museum (full of Roman Artifacts.)
What to Do on When You Visit Chester
Visitors can take a tour about Roman hotspots in the town of Chester England. A ghost tour is also offered to the brave visitors that like hearing about all the local ghosts.
The main buildings of the town of Chester mainly consist of the town hall, banks, restaurants and bars, lots of shopping (fashion stores such as Marks & Spencer’s, Debenhams, and Next.)
There is also a theater company, churches, hotels, coffee shops, chocolate shops, a candy store, and a few dance clubs to enjoy while visiting Chester.
Chester Rows is named after a part of town that is known for shopping stores on both the 1st level and 2nd level of the buildings. One of my favorite shops is the Funky Cow that serves custom milkshakes that you can add any type of candy to your shake.
I would often come here in the summer and walk to Chester Cathedral (across the street) to sit in the garden to eat the shake. Or I would wander inside the cathedral.
The cathedral typically hosts weekly mass, the Passion play during Easter time, graduation ceremonies in November and March, and a Christmas play reading.
The walls inside the cathedral contain mosaic Bible verses and Stations of the Cross, while the floor has a few really old graves stones. Looking up, the ceiling has some pretty carved wood with gold leafing.
Although the buildings in the town of Chester mainly date back to medieval times, the Victorians updated the look of the buildings to the black and white motif that England is known for.
Most local restaurants in the town allow customers to view the ancient catacombs below the city complete with the ancient original medieval bricks.
The East Gate Clock
The crown jewel of the town of Chester England is the East Gate Clock, which is situated on part of the Roman Wall and is the second most photographed clock in England after Big Ben in London.
Visitors to this part of the town of Chester like to take pictures below the East Gate Clock and on the wall next to the clock. Visitors can also take a double-decker bus tour or old fashioned bus tour of the town.
The River Dee
The famous river that runs through the town of Chester is called the River Dee and is a very popular place in the summer for the locals.
If you keep traveling down the River Dee, you can end up in London, while the north facing direction of the River Dee goes all the way to Scotland in the upper regions of the United Kingdom.
Activities by the river consist of rowing competitions, restaurants with outdoor seating, an ice cream stand, boat tours down the river, feeding the ducks, and local bands that play in the gazebo along the river walk.
Near the Riverwalk in the town of Chester is Grosvenor Park, a Victorian park that has some very interesting sculptures and ruins from St. John’s Church. It also hosts an outdoor theater that performs Shakespeare plays during the summer.
An ice cream shop along the walk in Grosvenor Park is a perfect spot to watch the ducks on the River Dee.
The most unusual ice cream flavor they have is rum raisin. Across from the River Dee are some gorgeous mansions, Minerva’s shrine dating back to the 2nd century, and wandering cows along the river walk from the town Hannover. One of the bridges dedicated to the Queen connects Chester to Hannover.
See the Animals at Chester Zoo
Lastly, just as you exit the town of Chester, you can visit Chester Zoo. It is rated one of the largest and best zoos in the UK. Plus is boasts over 20,000 animals and exhibits.
Chester Zoo is a zoological garden at Upton by Chester, in Cheshire, England. Chester Zoo was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family.
The zoo sits on one hundred and twenty-five acres of land. A few of the exhibit buildings at Chester Zoo look like mini mansions.
Every animal that you could imagine can be found here in Chester Zoo such as elephants, butterflies, penguins, monkeys, tigers, fish, flamingos, and turtles. My favorite exhibit here was the butterfly room, where majestic butterflies from all over fly around in a warm room with tropical plants.
Walking shoes and water is a must here because the animal exhibits are very spread out. A visit to Chester Zoo is a great day out for the family and for anyone who appreciates wild animals, nature and discovery.
It is easy to see why so many tourists want to visit the English town of Chester. There is such a fantastic mix of activities. From ancient heritage sites that date back to Medieval, Romand and Victorian era. To modern restaurants, bars and a wide range of family friendly day time activities.
Chester England brings everything to the table. The town of Chester is a perfect place for history fans, romantic couples and family days out. Visit Chester and be pleasantly surprised by it’s allure and ambience.