Chester is a city in Cheshire, England. Lying on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. The city has roman ruins and the walls can still be walked around today. I have visitied the city on numerous occasions and it is a nice day out. Walking along the waterside or browsing the shops, it is a city full of culture. So it got me wondering, what can you do in a city like this for free. Here are my top tips for a free day out in Chester.
Walk the walls
Take a gentle 2.2 mile stroll around the most complete city walls in Britain. From the city walls you’ll get views of the towers and Eastgate Clock, the amphitheatre and racecourse, a perfect way to see the city. Stop off at the famous Roman amphitheatre, pose for a picture by the Eastgate Clock and take in the stunning views over the oldest racecourse in the country.
Visit Chester Cathedral
Sitting majestically in the heart of the city, Chester Cathedral is stunning both inside and out. Originally built as a Saxon Minster, then rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey it offers visitors so much to explore. On a dry day you can stroll around the peaceful grounds before stepping through the doors where you’ll find everything from Norman arches to spectacular stained glass. See the only surviving ecclesiastical courtroom in the country, the shrine of St Werburgh and if you look closely enough you might even be able to see the carving of the devil in chains at the corner of a window, which was put there to scare off evil spirits.
Explore ‘The Rows’ and enjoy some retail therapy
Famous the world over, Chester’s Medieval two-tiered galleries or ‘The Rows’ as they’re known, are home to some of the city’s most fascinating shops including what is thought to be the oldest shop front in England which can be found on Lower Bridge Street.
Visit Grosvenor Museum
Bringing Chester to life with something for everyone; Chester’s Grosvenor Museum is free to visit and great for all ages. Discover all about Chester’s Roman Heritage, natural and social history of the area, costume and fine decorative art. The museum also offers an exciting programme of special exhibitions, activities and events throughout the year.
Head down to the river
Flowing through the heart of the city, the River Dee is ideal for relaxing strolls, delicious picnics and fun boat adventures. Cross over Queen’s Park Bridge or Old Dee Bridge from the city centre and you’ll be in Handbridge where you’ll find some delightful pubs; the shrine of St Minerva, a Roman goddess in Edgar’s Field and ‘The Meadows’, green open space perfect for walks and picnics.
Explore Grosvenor Park
Grosvenor Park was given to the city by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Victorian Parks in the UK. The Park has tree lined avenues to explore, as well as benches and grass to sit on and relax or enjoy fun games. It is also home to Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway, built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke of Westminster’s railway at nearby Eaton Hall. Open some weekends and during school holidays, Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway is loved by people of all ages. During the summer, the fabulous Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre brings the park to life with wonderful performances in a purpose built setting. If you’re visiting during July and August you should definitely get tickets for a performance.
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