Posted by: Richard Frost | 22 Apr 2020

Travel feature: Things to do in Chester

Logo for UK travel magazine BackpaxOriginal publication date: March 2009
Outlet: Backpax Magazine

Built by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago, Chester is a city positively brimming with history.

An awe-inspiring cathedral is the undoubted focal point for visitors, but there’s so much more to see and do. Take a walk round the most complete city walls in Britain and you’ll get some stunning views of the famous Eastgate Clock, as well as the impressive facade of Chester’s 1,000-year-old castle.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to The Rows. These picturesque two-tier galleries date back to medieval times and are unique in Britain. There’s simply no better place to watch the world go by than in one of the many peaceful cafes here overlooking Chester’s bustling streets.

After lunch, you have a choice to make between checking out the imposing Victorian-era Town Hall and Grosvenor Museum, or picking up some Cheshire cheese and speciality meats from the 100-odd stalls at the Market Hall.

Round off your evening by wandering through the cobbled streets on a spine-chilling ghost walk. Well, a city with this much history has plenty of skeletons in the closet!

Did you know?
Chester is home to the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain. Find out more about the city’s founding fathers at the Dewa Roman Experience.


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