Visiting Historic Chester, UK

21032715_10213530187386307_1584157340973891829_nChester is a city in Cheshire, UK. As a child I visited Chester often, as my dad is from there and I had lots of family living in Chester. Gradually, my family have moved from Chester, and so I haven’t visited for a few years. I have recently returned from a short break in Chester with my family and boyfriend, and it dawned on me that in all the years that I visited Chester,  I never truly appreciated how beautiful and historic the city is. 

Chester is a very popular city in England and my British readers may recognise the name Chester from the soap ‘Hollyoaks’. Chester is well known for it’s Tudor Buildings, Cobbled/paved streets, double fronted shops and Roman ruins.

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In Roman times, Chester was known as Deva Victrix. Historians have suggested that due to the size of the settlement in comparison to other cities in Britania the Romans had intended for Deva Victrix to be the capital city, rather than Londium (London). There are many Roman buildings and ruins that have been found in Chester which includes an amphitheatre. The amphitheatre is said to have seated 8,000-10,000 people and is free to visit. 

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Chester is a walled city and the 2 mile walls surround the area of the medieval city. Originally constructed by the Romans, they are the most complete city walls in the UK. There is a break in the walls where a part of the wall was knocked down to build a modern road. It’s a shame that at the time, the people didn’t appreciate the historic structures. The walls are paved and you can walk the whole way round them and they are free to walk around. There are some tours available on the wall, but we didn’t need a tour guide – we had my Dad 🙂 

 

After the Romans withdrew from Chester, Chester was occupied by many settlements, including the Saxons. A popular medieval structure in Chester is Chester Castle. The castle is a neoclassical building that was built in the late 18th/early 19th centuries.  

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The town centre is very unique and consists of two storey shops called The Rows. Most of the buildings are Tudor and Victorian buildings, painted in black and white. 

Chester Cathedral is perhaps the most popular building. It has a gothic look, and was built in the Norman era. The building was  adapted and built upon in the centuries that followed. We visited the cathedral at a time that an exhibition was on, and so they asked for a donation, but usually entry is free. 

Another popular landmark in Chester is the Eastgate clock which is situated on Eastgate bridge. Eastgate is considered to be the second most famous clock in England, after the clock on Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben). The clock was built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. 

Chester is perhaps my favourite city in the UK that I have visited. It has the beauty and history of London, but it is far less commercial and isn’t as busy. If I was to compare Chester to other cities, I would say that Exeter or Bath are most similar. 

Thanks for reading, and happy travels,

Jasmine

 

 

 

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