Situated in the north west of England, close to the borders of Wales, is the pretty historic city of Chester. The nearby Cheshire countryside makes the city a hot destination for keen walkers, whilst it’s proximity to Liverpool means there is plenty of nightlife, shopping and fine dining on offer. In fact, both Liverpool and Manchester Airports are close by, making it easily accessible for international visitors. There is also a train station for easy access to and from other cities in the country.
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In approximately 70AD, the city of Chester was founded by the Romans, and named Deva Victrix after the River Dee, and was used as a fortress to aid the Roman’s expansion into the north. In fact you can still see remains of the Roman Empire here at the Minerva Shrine, a shrine carved into the quarry dedicated to the goddess, dating back to the 2nd century. In the 7th century, the city was then captured by the Kingdom of Northumbria at the Battle of Chester and became known as Westchester, a name used right up until the 17th century. You can see typical medieval architecture represented in Chester Cathedral, although the building also represents Norman and Perpendicular styles. A building of worship has been on the site since the Roman times, although the current Cathedral dates between the 11th and 16th centuries. By the end of the 18th century, Chester began to benefit from the Industrial Revolution as wealthy families flocked there to escape the smog and dirt from neighbouring Liverpool and Manchester and thus became increasingly affluent, a period reflected in the Georgian townhouses.
There are plenty of family days out to be hard in Chester, including boat trips down the River Dee, paintballing and enjoying a family day out at Grosvenor Park. However the main attraction has to be the award winning Chester Zoo, with over 400 animal species, daily animal talks and even a children’s play area where they can have their face painted and play mini-golf. Chester racecourse is also a good option for older children, and if you time your visit during the racing season make sure you get tickets to see some of the country’s best jockeys compete.
The Rows galleries date back to medieval times, and were designed so shoppers could shop undercover, away from the cold. Today this still remains Chester’s premier shopping destination. For jewellery and high street fashion, the Grosvenor Shopping Centre has a whole host of well known brands. The surrounding Cheshire countryside offers visitors stunning trails, which can be enjoyed on foot, bicycle or horseback. Keen carp fishers should spend a day at the Coole Scres Fishery and Fish Hatchery whilst golf enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with no less than six championship level courses to explore.
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