"A City of History" Top 5 Page for this destination Chester by Balam

Chester Travel Guide: 485 reviews and 1,236 photos

Chester has a rich heritage from over 2000 years of history. The Romans founded a Garrison here on the River Dee called Deva and stayed for over 300 years.
The Saxons and the Normans built upon the Roman remains making a much larger town building larger walls around it and gracing it with a fine Abbey and a Castle.

After that came The Rows, Half tinbered houses of Medieval merchants built over stone cellars and linked by galleried walkways. In Tudor times Chesters Abbey became a Cathedral and during the Civil war in the 17th Century Cromwells cannon balls rained down on the city for 18 months causing a lot of destruction.
Thankfully Chester recovered and during the 200 years that followed new streets were built in Georgian, Gothic and Classical styles until these were overshadowed by the Victorians passion for the medieval half timbered style and Black and white became the most prominate colours blessing Chester with it's own unique look.

Today the well preserved streets are visited by over 6 million people each year.
They come for the heritage, lively atmosphere the shops and more.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely Buildings, Great Pubs. just Far to many to mention
  • Cons:It can be crowded in the summer
  • In a nutshell:It's a great City that is well worth a visit
  • Last visit to Chester: Apr 2010
  • Intro Updated Apr 3, 2012
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  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Haha, that duck had a really long neck didn't it lol xx

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Chester is a pretty town, but it rained quite a lot when I visited. I also saw some nice birds down by the river.

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    All updated, ready for 3 July!! We'll miss you! But we'll raise a glass - well, it wouldn't be a VT Meet otherwise!! Gillybob greetings

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2010 at 7:03 AM

    Though only little remained of the Castle built by the Normans, it looks quite lovely!

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