"Strolling around" City Walks - Millenium Trail Tip by Jivegirl
City Walks - Millenium Trail, Chester: 6 reviews and 11 photos
Chester is a great City to walk.
With over 2000 years of history since the Romans built their fortress by the River Dee there is more than enough to explore.
Unusually you can walk almost all the way round the city walls which were established by the Romans and added to in the Middle ages and later.
If you stand at the Northgate you can still see part of the Roman wall.
There are many things to visit of course, the Cathedral being one of the main sites but don't forget St Johns Church which was the original Saxon Church of Chester which is supposed to have its own ghostly monk.
A walk along the Groves by the River is a must as it has a lovely atmosphere. You can also take one of the many boat trips.
A few years ago we took the trip as far as Eccleston which was lovely. We also mistakenly thought wed save money by hiring a peddleboat instead of going for the more expensive but shorter time allowed motor boat. AAh by the time we had peddled it part of the way along the river wed had enough and returned it early.
Best done if youre young and fit or are travelling with burly Rugby types!
The double storied medieval shopping aisles or the Rows are worth exploring.Though much has been restored you can get a sense of the past here especially if you ignore all the modern shop signs.
Many have been built over the top of Roman Sites and many have medieval crypts in the basement.
Unfortunately the amphitheatre was long built over and forgotten but half of it has now been excavated.
Not exactly a stunning site but a lot of Roman activities take place here now and you have to remember that the Romans were one of the main reasons that Chester was established..
Lower Bridge street has some lovely eighteenth century buildings which filled in the gaps caused by the Civil war Seige of Chester bombardments.
Of course there are also many walks available from the visitor centre by the town hall including the secret Chester tour,The walls , The rows and for part of the year a ghost tour.
If you prefer not to go with a group then there is also an ipod ghost tour available.
There are numerous ever changing places to eat in Chester.
One old favourite is the Fat Cat on the lower end of Watergate Street. A newer favourite (particularly of my husbands) is the Brewery Tap which serves many guest and local ales and a decent meal on Lower Bidge Street and has the remnants of a17th century great Hall which survived the Seige of Chester and has been beautifully restored.
Best thing with Chester though is to just wander around.
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