Things to do in Chester
Chester is one of Britain’s finest heritage cities with an action-packed history and great treasures past and present.
This website is your guide to best Chester attractions in 2018.
A Rich History
There are so may things to do in Chester. It’s one of Britain’s great heritage cities with an action-packed history and great treasures from the past.
2000 years ago, the Roman Empire built Fortress Deva here to suppress fierce Welsh tribes across the border, and stayed for over 300 years.
They established the pattern of the city’s streets, built the original City Walls and created the largest Amphitheatre ever uncovered in Britain where 7000 spectators watched spectacular events including circuses and gladiatorial combat.
Today, you can follow in the footsteps of Viking raiders, discover an Anglo- Saxon township ruled over by warrior queen, Aethelflaeda – the daughter of Alfred the Great and explore Chester Castle, built by the Norman invaders under the orders of Hugh Lupus, a nephew of William the Conqueror who also commissioned the creation of the 1000 year old Cathedral.
The 2000 year old city features a host of heritage attractions including the most complete City Walls in Britain built by the Roman Empire, extended and strengthened by an Anglo-Saxon princess to keep the Vikings at bay; fortified by Norman invaders; bombarded by Cromwell’s cannons , and developed by the Victorians into a pleasant 2 mile walkway that visitors can enjoy today.
Things to do in Chester include a visit to the oldest racecourse in the country, stand in the largest Roman Amphitheatre ever uncovered in Britain, or explore the retail delights of the 700 year old Rows two-tier shopping galleries, which are unique to Chester.
In the heart of the City is the 1000 year old Cathedral built by Norman invaders on the site of a Roman temple and changed across the centuries by different architectural styles.
Its many highlights include the finest mediaeval carvings in Europe in the Choir and misericordes, the Cathedral at Height Tower Tour offering a bird’s eye view of Chester, and the Refectory.