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Chester

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Chester is a walled city in Cheshire, England, on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. With a population of 118,200 in 2011, it is the most populous settlement of Cheshire West and Chester, which had a population of 332,200 in 2014. Chester was granted city status in 1541.Chester was founded as a "castrum" or Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the reign of the Emperor Vespasian in 79 AD. One of the main army camps in Roman Britain, Deva later became a major civilian settlement. In 689, King Æthelred of Mercia founded the Minster Church of West Mercia, which later became Chester's first cathedral, and the Saxons extended and strengthened the walls to protect the city against the Danes. Chester was one of the last cities in England to fall to the Normans. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border.Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. It has a number of medieval buildings, but some of the black-and-white buildings within the city centre are Victorian restorations. Apart from a 100m section, the listed Grade I walls are almost complete. The Industrial Revolution brought railways, canals, and new roads to the city, which saw substantial expansion and development – Chester Town Hall and the Grosvenor Museum are examples of Victorian architecture from this period.
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Chester Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Chester Cathedral
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Chester Zoo ©
Zoo
Chester Zoo
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens ©
Wildlife Area
Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
River Dee ©
Water Body
River Dee
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Chester

Snowdon ©
Mountain
Snowdon Snowdonia National Park
4.8
Duration: 6 hours
Great Orme ©
Geologic Formation
Great Orme Llandudno
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Llandudno Promenade ©
Scenic Walking Area
Llandudno Promenade Llandudno
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Alton Towers Theme Park
Theme Park
Alton Towers Theme Park Alton
3.4
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Chester

Grosvenor Park ©
Park
Grosvenor Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
The Meadows
Wildlife Area
The Meadows
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Wesley Church Centre ©
Church
Wesley Church Centre
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
St John the Baptist's Church ©
Church
St John the Baptist's Church
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Chester

Eastgate & Eastgate Clock ©
Historic Site
Eastgate & Eastgate Clock
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Ebenezer Baptist Church ©
Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Church of St Peter ©
Church
Church of St Peter
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
St. Paul's Church
Church
St. Paul's Church
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Chester

Chester Roman Gardens ©
Garden
Chester Roman Gardens
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Grosvenor Museum ©
Park
Grosvenor Museum
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Mount Pleasant Gardens and Sculpture Trail ©
Garden
Mount Pleasant Gardens and Sculpture Trail
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Countess of Chester Country Park ©
Park
Countess of Chester Country Park
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Chester

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Spavens Chester ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Spavens Chester
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Pemberleys of Chester ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Pemberleys of Chester
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Sally's Secret Garden ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Sally's Secret Garden
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Rococo Chocolates ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Rococo Chocolates
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Ghost City Tours Chester ©
Ghost / Vampire Tour
Ghost City Tours Chester
2.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chester Rows ©
Landmark
Chester Rows
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Zipline
Zipline Blaenau Ffestiniog
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Conwy Castle ©
World heritage site
Conwy Castle Conwy
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Chester

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