Chester Travel, England

Chester city centre, England Travel

Black timber and leaded glass windows of traditional Tudor construction in Eastgate Street, Chester travel. Photo by Rept0n1x

Why Chester Travel?

Very old Norman houses in Chester, England

Something a bit different in Bath Street. Photo by Peter I. Vardy

Chester is an ancient English town on the border with Wales and not far from big and buzzing Manchester (40 minutes road travel) or strumming Liverpool (also 40 minutes). It was first settled in 70 AD by the Romans followed by Normans and of course Tudors and later became a Victorian favourite. The city has a finely preserved and easily walkable, compact, attractive Tudor centre but also remnants of other eras liberally scattered around.

One of the most popular tourist activities is the variety of interesting guided walks available, though hiking around on one’s own is not a problem.

Chester main attractions

Eastgate Clock in central Chester. Photo by Benkid77.

• a grand Norman cathedral.

• excavations of a Roman Amphitheatre.

• Chester Castle and its Military Museum

• Grosvenor Museum of Roman artifacts.

• Chester zoo, Britain’s biggest with 7, 000 animals

• the county, Cheshire, also offers some magnificent stately homes, castles, Iron Age hill forts and some unusual museums such as the Anson Engine Museum and the Salt Museum.

More of the Tudor theme in Grosvenor Park Lodge. Photo by Green Lane.

Day trips out…

Manchester is England’s second city with little in the way of ancient interest but a lot of modern urban attractions including some dramatic architecture such as the Lowry Centre (a Manchester artist) on the regenerated Salford Quays, excellent museums and art galleries, a truly wild nightlife and, of course, the home of Manchester United Football Club (where tours will require advance booking).

Liverpool, an old transatlantic port, is also undergoing a renaissance like Manchester, spurred on by the prospect of being Europe’s capital of Culture in 2008 and thanks to a successful football club and Beatle-oriented sights and sounds. Liverpool offers some excellent museums and galleries, a couple of magnificent cathedrals and lively new docklands development as well as ongoing Beatle memorabilia, events and fab four locations.

Chester is about 2. 5 hours by train from London’s Euston or Paddington stations.