There are a number of ways to see the sights of Chester. The walls provide a circular walking tour – though parts may be closed for essential maintenance. Open top buses, including a replica 1920’s style vehicle, tour the main attractions in the summer months. Chester Boat runs cruises on the River Dee past Grosvenor Park.
Outside the city walls is the oldest racecourse in Britain. The course is built on the site of a Roman Harbour and there are race meetings on about 16 days a year. Chester Zoo, roughly 4 miles from the city centre at Upton is set in over 110 acres of land. There are over 400 species of animals including elephants, lions, tigers and monkeys.
Chester is also an ideal base for touring. The Cheshire countryside has a wealth of gardens, stately homes and historic monuments and, across the Welsh border, Llangollen and the North Wales Coast are less than an hour’s drive away.
Chester is a walled city dating back to Roman times. This history can be seen at the Dewa Roman Experience or the Grosvenor Museum. Much of the shopping centre is found in two tiered Rows that date back to the 14th century. Take an sightseeing tour of the city on an open top bus; or take a service bus to the world famous Chester Zoo; which is at Upton 4 miles from the city centre.
Trains to Chester run twice every hour from Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road; the journey takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.
History in Chester is never far away. The Cathedral dates back to Norman times with spectacular wood carvings and stained glass windows. Outside, the Cloister Garden is an oasis of peace and quiet. Much of Chester consists of timbered buildings dating back over 700 years. Shops on two levels, known as Rows, provide a range of mainly independent stores.
The Roman influences are still prevalent in Chester, The Dewa Roman Experience has a galley and a reconstructed Roman Street and The Grosvenor Museum has a collection of artefacts.