The Roman City of Chester

By: Douglas Scott

Chester is one of Englands beautiful historic cities, located in the North West of England in the county of Cheshire. If you have not visited Chester yet, then what are you waiting for. Chester has something for everyone. Here you can find recent photos of Chester and tourist information you need if you are planning a visit to the City of Chester.

Situated about 40 miles west and slightly south of Manchester, and reached by the M56 Motorway directly, Chester makes a pleasant and rewarding day trip out of Manchester.

When Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe visited Chester, he described it as a city well worth describing, and when James Boswell, another great writer came to the city in the 18th century he said I was so delighted that I found it difficult to quit. Chester has much to offer by way of attractions for the tourist.

Chester Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral. It is built on Anglo Saxon foundations dating back to the year 907.

Since it has gradually been extended and rebuilt three times, the most lasting design from 1250 being what we see today. For the first 530 years it was called Saint Werburghs Abbey after the remains of the Saint it housed.

The Dissolution of the Monasteries saw it become a cathedral.

Undoubtedly the place to be if you prefer your interests cantered in one place is Chester.

With many of the attractions just a short stroll away, the city is packed out with things to do and see, probably one of the most impressive sights being the Rows, two tier shopping galleries which date from the Middle Ages.

There are many fine other fine buildings, including the Cathedral, Amphitheatre and the second most photographed clock in Britain after Big Ben, The East gate Clock.

But Chester is by no means a city of the past, it can offer up to the minute entertainment and excellent shopping facilities.

You dont need to travel far from the city centre to find other main attractions such as Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village and Chester zoo.

Chester Zoo offers a fun and stimulating day out for everyone, no matter what age or ability. As well as our 500 different species of animals and award winning gardens, we offer first class facilities that ensure your day out really is as enjoyable as possible.

The zoo is completely wheelchair and pushchair accessible, and all of our toilet facilities have disabled access, as well as plenty of Parent and Baby changing rooms.

And parents will be delighted to know that the new Fun Ark adventure play area, near the Ark Restaurant, is a great place for children of all ages to let off steam.

There is a wide range of shops, cafes and ice cream kiosks located around the zoo, which cater for all tastes and budgets.

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