5 Things Not To Miss In Chester
Nestled within the Clwydian Range AONB The Old Mill Holiday Cottages are in a convenient location to explore the popular countryside and coast of North Wales and Cheshire. Just over the border is the beautiful city of Chester, which is only a 30-minute drive away.
Don’t miss a visit to this attractive city, which is oozing with history, charm, and character. With fabulous parklands as well as riverside and canal areas, there something for everyone to enjoy.
1. The Rows
Chester is famed for its cobbled streets, and quaint Tudor style architecture. ‘The Rows’ are a unique feature of Chester, they consist of medieval brick and timber covered walkways, located above the four main streets of the city centre which are known as ‘The Cross’. The rows lead to a range of shops, restaurants, and cafes, they also offer a good vantage point for looking out on the streets below.
2. Roman Amphitheatre & Grosvenor Park
Chester is home to the largest Roman amphitheatre in the UK, and it has the most complete Roman city walls within Britain.
Take an entertaining walking tour with ‘Romantoursuk’ and learn about the fascinating facts and influence the Romans had on the city.
In this area you’ll also find Grosvenor Park, which is a stunning 20-acre parkland above the River Dee, thought to be one of the best examples of a Victorian park in the North-West of England. Look out for Grosvenor Park Events (Theatre and Outdoor Cinema) which take place during the summer months.
3. Historic Walls
Simply enjoy a walk along the historic walls (For Free!) which provide you with a great introduction to the city’s beautiful architecture and parks. The walls are famed to be the most complete circuit within the UK, extending to approx. 2 miles in total, parts of which are almost 2000 years old.
Popular starting points include access via the steps leading from the clock tower and access from the Cathedral gardens.
4. Riverside Area & Walk
Chester also benefits from picturesque riverside and canal side areas; both are bustling with al fresco cafes and restaurants, why not to sit a while and watch the world go by!
Riverside Walk - Park at Little Roodee Car Park - Satnav CH1 1SL (Card Payments taken)
Walk along the River Dee, with the University on your left-hand side. Cross the bridge and continue straight for approx. 100 meters into the pedestrian area. This is the hub of the riverside area, it has a great atmosphere, with live entertainment and buskers during the summer months. You’ll find a good range of riverside cafes, ice cream parlours and restaurants here, plus, there’s regular boat trips, and reasonably priced pedalo and rowing boat hire also available.
To walk into to town from here, turn left under the ornate bridge. The steps lead to the Roman amphitheatre or branch right to explore Grosvenor Park, (As mentioned above). An ideal spot to picnic during the summer months.
5. Chester Zoo
Is the number 1 most visited zoo in the UK - And we know why!
Chester zoo is fantastic, their animal conservation projects, and huge enclosures are very well thought out, with animal welfare at heart. It’s a fantastic day out for all ages. The monorail and islands boat ride are very popular and for families with young children (Like us) we also love the great outdoor spaces, multiple adventure play parks and water play area. It’s not a cheap day out, but it’s worth every penny! The only downside is that one day may not be enough!
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