The Walled city of Chester is one of England's most historic and beautiful cities. You need only walk the ancient City Walls to be transported into a rich and interesting past. Tours of the City Walls run from May to December departing from the visitor centre in the town hall. Chester offers a great visitor experience, catering for a variety of tastes and budgets. Families will love Chester's choice of museums including the interactive Dewa Roman Experience, daily boat cruises on the River Dee and Chester Zoo. The Romans who founded Chester called their fortress 'Deva' and evidence of Roman occupation in Chester includes the remains of the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain.
Chester is also home to one of Britain's oldest racecourses, a magnificent thousand year old cathedral and The Rows, a continuous line of half-timbered shops running along Watergate Street, Northgate, Eastgate and Bridge Street. Some of The Rows date from the 13th century and others are Victorian replicas. Today they house unique independent boutiques and designer fashion shops. Chester restaurants, inns, markets and specialist food shops source their produce from across the great Cheshire farming region. From cosy tea rooms to exquisite cheese shops, fine old real ale inns and the ultimate in fine dining, Chester has them all including Michelin Star and AA Rosette restaurants right in the heart of the city centre!
Roman Fortress Deva on River Dee is brimming with historic landmarks, framed by the most complete City Walls. Roman, Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval histories of the city are explored in-depth at the Grosvenor Museum and don't miss a tour of Chester Castle and Cathedral. Premier sporting venues include the central Chester Racecourse with an exciting summer racing programme and first class on-site hospitality. Get your bearings and hop aboard a Chester City Sightseeing bus tour on arrival taking in all Chester's historic sites from the Amphitheatre to the City Walls. A wide choice of themed guided walking tours are available and pleasure cruises along the River Dee on luxury showboats depart from The Groves in the city centre every half hour from April to November.