The ancient city of Chester is considered to be a truly breathtaking place to visit, as well as a fantastic place to live. For a city with such a long and diverse history, each chapter is etched into the very buildings and architecture, as well as the city’s bustling nightlife and tourist attractions. Roman Legionnaires once marched to war here, Viking raiders wreaked havoc and Norman invaders conquered Anglo Saxons all within the local landscape.
Chester offers some of the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse still in use, and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, alongside a 1000 year old Cathedral that has example of some Europe’s finest medieval carvings. The 700 year old Rows galleries provide a historic twist on the Chester shopping experience, making it a double delight.
Along the city’s main high street and pedestrianized zone, people can find stores aplenty offering the hottest fashion trends currently on the market, and are set against a background of unique treasures of antiquity and a vibrant cafe culture where outdoor dining is a must throughout the warmer summer months.
Chester Zoo, just north of the city, is the most visited UK attraction outside London and provides a home to over 21,000 animals from more than 500 different species. Conservation activities sit among acres of glorious gardens, and the zoo has been featured a number of times on television for some of the main UK TV networks, including the BBC.
During the summer Chester comes alive with a whole array of unmissable events, spaced around the city’s many venues and open spaces. Grosvenor Park plays host to an Open Air Theatre experience with Storyhouse, and watching a film under the skies in a comfy deck chair can happen with Moonlight Flicks at the Dean’s Field. The Taste Cheshire Food & Drink Festival happens annually, and of course as home of modern horse racing, people can still also flock to the historic Roodee Racecourse, which runs a number of notable races in May.
There are many guided tours which offer a different view of the city. Perfect for including Chester’s whole history is the cunningly titled Chester Tour, and the Roman Tour offers an experience offering a much closer view on that particular aspect of Chester’s development. As with many UK cities, there is of course Chester Ghost Tours, providing a more ghoulish look at the local area, and there are even 5k running tours for fitter visitors and residents.
Built in 1839 and substantially redeveloped ever since, the University of Chester was the first dedicated teacher training in the UK. It now occupies buildings spread over five campuses both in the city itself and surrounding areas, and offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as being home to a large quantity of academic research covering a host of different disciplines. It is the fifth oldest higher education establishment in England, with only Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and London preceding Chester.
Nestled on the banks of the River Dee, Chester is one of the most historic cities in the North West, and is the second most populated area of Cheshire behind Warrington. There are many medieval buildings spread throughout the city, but much of the most iconic architecture actually dates from Victorian restoration, centred around the Black-and-White Revival movement of the 19th century, which is often thought to be solely a product of Cheshire, although examples from around England also exist from the same period.
Chester’s economy is now focused on the service industries comprising tourism, retail, public administration and financial services. Just outside of the city in nearby Broughton is a large Airbus factory creating a range of parts for various aircraft.