Chester is a truly beautiful city in the north west of England. Much of the city centre was shaped by the Romans, hundreds of years ago, making it both an attractive and interesting place to visit. Chester is conveniently situated near to both Manchester and Liverpool so can be a great place to visit as part of a bigger trip to the North West of England. Here are some of my top suggestions for cheap days out in the city of Chester.
Walk the city walls
The city walls form a two mile protective loop around the city centre. Built by the Romans, the city walls are still totally intact and make a great walk. Walking the city walls is a great way to see parts of the city centre that you may otherwise miss and a lovely place to catch some views of the mountains of Snowdonia in the distance. A highlight of the walls is walking under the Eastgate Clock, the second most photographed clock in the UK after Big Ben.
Sit by the River Dee
The banks of the River Dee have a busy buzzing feel about them, especially during the summer. Treat yourself to an ice cream, sit out on a picnic bench and watch performers in the bandstand, or rent a motorised boat for an hour and enjoy a ride up the river at speed.
Wander round Grosvenor Park
The Grosvenor Park is a beautiful traditional park, conveniently situated between the river and the town centre. The stunning flower beds are perfectly manicured and immaculately kept and there is a lovely play area and a miniature train for the children to have a ride on too.
Watch the Chester races
The Chester races are held at the racecourse on many dates over the spring and summer months. You can pay to access the Open course which usually costs about £10 per person and means you can watch the horse racing and enjoy a picnic on the grass. If you don’t want to part with your cash you can watch the races from the top of city walls.
Chester is one of the best places for shopping in the UK! Forget the usual chain shops and department stores, and make your way to Watergate Street, Brook Street and Lower Bridge Street for some really lovely, unique and independently owned stores. Chester also boasts ‘the rows’, shopping on two levels with narrow, steep stairways leading to the second level. A unique and interesting place to for some window shopping!
The Grosvenor Museum is totally free museum. It tells the story of Roman Chester, as well as a house that displays recreations of rooms from the 17th century until the 1920’s. A true step back in time!
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Eastgate Clock http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiteadept/3563351188/
City Walls http://www.flickr.com/photos/gruts/1436365419/
River Dee http://www.flickr.com/photos/environment-agency/6082969610/