Chester City Centre
The city of Cheshire was established along the River Dee and close to the border of Wales in the west-central region of England. The historic community dates back to the Roman occupation and gradually transformed into a civilian city. Over the centuries, Chester continues growing and played a vital role during the Industrial Revolution. Today, the thriving city is a blend of old and modern. Guests find an abundance of historic locations to visit in addition to activities and amenities one would expect to encounter in a major city.
Brief History of Chester
Romans constructed a fort here in 79A.D and named the structure Deva Victrix. As locals commonly traded with soldiers in the military installation, a civilian settlement developed around the fort. When the Romans left in the 4th century, the Saxons took control of the area. King Aethelred of Mercia established the Minister Church of West Mercia here. The Saxons extended the walls around the settlement in order to protect the community from the Danes. They continued strengthening the barrier walls. The fortification enabled the village to be one of the last to fall under Norman occupation. Their architectural ingenuity allowed the walls to remain standing to this day. The Saxons named the settlement Legaceastir. The name was eventually shortened to Chester.
In 973 A.D., King Edgar became the local ruler. Nearly a century later, Hugh d'Avrances became the Earl of Chester and constructed the Chester Castle. The village continued growing. By the 1800s when the Industrial Revolution began, Chester had a sizable cattle market and two railway stations. The economy kept many employed and the city grew wealthy. In 1874, Hugh Grosvenor became the Duke of Westminster. His family obtained much land in Chester, which is why many locations bear the family name.
After World War II, there was a significant lack of housing in the city. Out of necessity, outlying farmlands were converted into residential areas. Despite population and commercial growth during the 1950s and 1960s, local authorities remained determined to preserve the historic architecture of the area. Before the end of the decade, renovation measures were taken to save the buildings. By 2002, Chester received Fairtrade city status.
Shopping in Chester
There is no shortage of shopping destinations in Chester City. Shoppers find everything from quaint boutique shops to popular chain outlets and high street brands. The city has stores to appeal to all regardless of age, budget or style.
The historic black and white buildings that are fondly called The Rows house a large selection of eateries and shops. Visitors enjoy navigating the cobble stoned streets of the 700-year old neighbourhood to shop for art, gifts, fashion and accessories. Familiar stores which include Zara offer affordable clothing for the entire family. Find a great read at Waterstones or treat yourself to a makeover at the Regis Hair & Beauty Salon. Get a treat for the little ones at Mr. Sims Olde Sweet Shoppe, or indulge in a treat for yourself at Rococo Chocolates.
Chester City Attractions
Chester Zoo-For animal lovers young and old, the award-winning Chester Zoo is a must stop. The well-maintained facility cares for more than 20,000 animals representing 500 different species. Spend the day exploring the 125 acres to see the Fruit Bat Forest, the newly-opened Islands of Southeast Asia and the Realm of the Red Ape. Children will adore the interactive exhibits and playgrounds. The zoo remains open year round.
Chester Falconry & Nature Gardens-The unique location lies in the city centre and is also open throughout the year. The centre brings to life the centuries-old art of training predatory birds. The facility introduces guests to the resident birds and offers daily flying demonstrations. Visit the reptiles and enjoy strolling through the breathtaking cathedral gardens.
Blue Planet Aquarium-The aquarium is another year-round treat for anyone fascinated by the mysterious world under the sea. Watch divers feed and interact with marine life. See the playful otters who enjoy entertaining guests. Gaze in awe at the sharks from all different angles in the 70-metre long underwater tunnel. Get up close with massive arachnids and cayman crocs. Many exhibits represent different underwater environments found locally and around the world.
Chester Cathedral-The cathedral is a wonderful location to tour for history buffs or anyone who appreciates stunning craftsmanship. Tours take guests through the facility housing more than 1,000 years of history and exquisite sights. See the beautiful stained glass windows and venture through the bell-ringing chamber. Take in the amazing view over the city from the tower. Gaze in awe at the magnificent artwork in the galleries and the Victorian organ.
Chester City Walls-The city walls that encapsulate the old part of the community are nearly 2,000 years old. The top of the wall features a walkway. Strolling along the the ancient defense barricade gives visitors a glimpse into Chester's lengthy history along with offering captivating views. The paths are accessible from any of the gates or specially built ramps.
Grosvenor Museum-The facility provides visitors with a chance to glimpse Chester City's history from Roman times to the present day. See the ancient coins and jewelry in the Roman Hoards exhibit. Reminisce about the good old days while strolling through the 1970s fashion exhibit. Students enjoy participating the Grosvenor Park training dig. From July 20 to September 3, guests have the chance to tour and learn more about the past at Cheshire Castle.
Sick to Death-The unique tour takes place at the historic Water Tower and provides guests with the chance to step back in time to the Middle Ages to explore medieval medicine and science. Learn about the diseases that claimed thousands of lives and how ancient physicians treated the sick. The facility also features an herb garden and a Victorian Camera Obscura.
Escapism Chester-The modern-day challenge enables visitors to test their analytical and problem-solving skills by looking for clues to solve puzzles. Guests are locked in a room featuring a specific theme. They have one hour to beat the clock and escape using their wits and ingenuity.
Help and Advice
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Taxis in Chester
Chester Taxis offers a comprehensive taxi service in Chester. This includes Chester taxi runs, wheelchair friendly minibuses for larger groups, airport transfers Chester and taxi Chester chauffeur services for weddings or any other need. We work hard to provide a professional and complete service so that your journey is comfortable and affordable.
We are focused to keep our customers safe, comfortable and we are always on time for pickups!
Our airport transfers Chester don’t just involve the drop off / pickup basics we try to help you further. All our airport transfers to or from Chester include our meet and greet service. This includes meeting you in the arrivals terminal and help you with you bags. What’s also included is our drivers check all arrival times so we pick you up when you actually arrive saving you have to pay for the extra waiting time!
We offer a minibus service for wheelchair users. We believe having a disability shouldn’t mean you can’t get about. Our Chester minibus service can help you get out and about. Just give us a call to confirm wheelchair dimensions.Chester City Centre Taxi