Chester is a Roman city located on the banks of the River Dee. It is one of the best preserved wall cities in Britain. With over 2,000 years of history Chester has lots of historical attractions.
Horse racing in Chester dates back to the start of the 16th century. According to records, Chester Racecourse is the oldest racecourse that is still in use in England. The racecourse sits on the bank of the River Dee, a stone’s throw away from the city’s hotels, bars, restaurants and shops making it a popular day out.
Chester’s streets are packed with high street shops, independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The 2-tiered galleries of shops, some of which are 700 years old, provide a unique shopping experience which is popular with tourists.
Just 20 minutes away from us is Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village. The outlet village is home to a wide variety of outlet stores run by large brands. The stores offer items from previous retail seasons at a discounted rate.
Chester Zoo is the most-visited wildlife attraction in the UK. The Zoo also is the most visited attraction outside of London. In 2007 Forbes Magazine described the zoo as “One of the best 15 zoos in the world”. In July 2015 the Zoo opened its new ‘Islands’ exhibition which showcases areas in which the zoo in involved in conservation programmes. The Zoo is currently in the process of building its now indoor exhibit called the ‘Monsoon Forest’. Once completed this will be the largest indoor zoo exhibit in the UK.
The River Dee flows right through the heart of Chester and a walk along the banks is popular with tourists and locals alike. In the summer months the bandstand and benches, lining the bank, are a great place to relax. You can also hire a rowing boat or pedalo to venture down the river. Alternatively you can go on a river cruise and take in the views.
Chester was founded as a Roman fort, named Deva, and was one of the 3 main Roman Army camps in Britain. Chester’s Roman amphitheatre, built in the 1st century, is the largest in the UK and could seat between 8,000 and 10,000 people. The layout of Eastgate, Northgate, Watergate and Bridgegate still follows the original Roman layout.