For my birthday this month, my Mom and I decided to visit another UK City and see what there is to offer there. This time we decided to visit Chester. I would like to say that this was an informed choice, but it was not. We couldn’t make up our mind on where we wanted to visit, and booked the train tickets the day before we went. I can say that I was not disappointed.
We got to Chester on the train, which was very simple and had a change-over at Crewe. The train station in Chester was only 5-10 minute walk into the centre and was a very simple walk. When we arrived, I thought our lovely day was ruined though as it had just started to rain. Determined not to let it ruin our day, we headed to get some breakfast and research what Chester had to offer.
I asked on Twitter where I should visit while in Chester and some lovely fellow bloggers were quick to offer up suggestions of a few sightseeing things and also places to eat. So thank you for your suggestions guys.
In the centre, I did find it a little difficult to find somewhere to eat as there was a lack of the normal food-chains, but we did eat at a lovely pub called the Red Lion.
Here are some of the things we got up to while in Chester for the day:
Places to Visit in Chester
This clock is one of the first things that you will see on entering Chester. The clock is situated on the Chester Walls in Eastgate. The bridge has been in the City since Roman times and used to be a gateway into the City, but was changed to a bridge in Georgian times. The clock was then added in Victorian times to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.
The clock has 4 faces and there are steps next to the bridge so you can go up to get a closer look and walk directly underneath the clock.
Even if you are not religious or even Christian, Chester Cathedral is something you should not avoid. The architecture in the Cathedral is stunning and breathtaking.
The Cathedral was a former Monastic building for Monks/Nuns and was also built in the Roman times.
The Cathedral itself is funded by donations so they do not ask for an entry fee, however it is suggested that you give a donation.
Inside the Cathedral you can see the Lego Exhibition. The entry fee to this is £3 per adult. There is a work-in-progress of the Chester Cathedral which you can also participate in building for £1 per brick. Any money from this will go towards the Chester Cathedral Education Trust.
One of the main things we did in Chester was to walk the walls of the City. As I mentioned before, the Romans built walls around the City of Chester to protect it from invaders.
The walls are a 2 miles round trip and takes around an hour to complete. Along the way you can expect to see amazing views of Chester, the River Dee, Chester Racecourse, Roman Gardens, Roman Baths and numerous Watch Towers.
We picked up the walk at Northgate, but there are various points along the way to join the walls walk.
We went when it was raining, and be careful as the walls can get quite slippy in places.
There are so many high-street brands, top-end shops and little shops spotted around Chester. Some of the shops include:
- Fat Face
- New Look
- Dorethy Perkins
- Laura Ashley
- Disney Store
- Cath Kidson
There is also a shopping centre called Grosvenor which houses Costa, Debenhams, Ed’s Diner and Sports Direct, as well as some life-sized dinosaurs. They are only around until 14th August, so you’ll have to be quick.
This is something I didn’t get time to do thoroughly, which is disappointing. While walking the walls, we did get to see the River Dee and it was so picturesque. I wish it was sunny on this day as I would have loved to have gone on their River Tour.
Have You Visited Chester?
If you have visited Chester, please let me know what you like to do and where you have visited.
All recommendations for my next trip are also welcome. Just let me know in the comments below.