For those of us who spend the majority of our working time rushing about, it can often be a moment of pure bliss to find a quiet spot where you can sit and breath, without having to venture too far from your creature comforts
We’ve come up with the top 5 things to do in and around Chester, which are all free! That’s right, no entry costs or booking fees to worry about here, just a few little treats which could make your weekend just that extra bit more precious, all while keeping your money safe and sound.
The Chester City Walls
A walk along the city walls is in an absolute must for those interested in the history of Chester.
You can take a leisurely stroll across the walls and nip down into the city through many of the access points or stairways. You can even print off guides to the different sections of the walls and read up on the historical significance of the routes too.
On your travels, you’ll be able to spot many of Chester’s most important buildings such as the famous Eastgate Clock, Bridge of Sighs and of course, Chester Castle. You may even catch a glimpse of the Clwydian Hills if you find the perfect view!
Although located right in the heart of the city centre, walking along Chester walls is a truly lovely way to spend a few hours above the hustle and bustle of city life. If you have the time, you can even take a look at the information boards dotted about the walkways, and learn about Chester’s steep history along the way.
The Grosvenor Museum
Close to the city centre, the Grosvenor Museum is home to exhibits tracing Chester’s history and also showcases some stunning pieces of art.
The building itself dates back to the 17th century and contains an impressive staircase and collections such as the Graham Webster Gallery, where visitors can see a reconstructed Roman cemetery, including 35 Roman tombstones which is the largest collection to be retrieved from one site in Britain.
Although steeped in ancient Roman history, the museum also houses reconstructed rooms showcasing what a town house would have looked like during different historical ages.
Rooms include; a Victorian kitchen and parlour, a Georgian drawing room, an Edwardian bathroom and even a 1920’s nursery, so you are sure to find something of interest whichever historical period is your favourite!
As the main ornamental park in Chester, Grosvenor Park is very popular with both residents and visitors. Its lush lawns, well-kept flowers beds and statues offer a slice of peaceful scenery amongst the busy city life of Chester.
Overlooking the riverfront and neighbouring St. John’s Church and ruins, Grosvenor Park has been established since 1867 and now forms part of a valuable open space for the local community.
More recently, the park has become the location for many events, such as; The Summer Music Festival, Art in the Park and the annual ‘Chester in Bloom’ competition.
Despite its growing popularity, Grosvenor Park remains peaceful and charming in its character and offers a place where visitors can take a well-earned break in a quiet and calming setting.
The Roman Amphitheatre
For a mid-day picnic or a well-earned sit down in the (fingers crossed!) summer sunshine, the Roman Amphitheatre is an idyllic spot to sit back, relax and admire the heritage of Chester.
Used primarily for entertainment and military training, the Roman Amphitheatre was the largest in Britain in its day. On site, there are two stone built amphitheatres; one which gave access to the upper tiers of seats by the rear wall and one which provided seat access via vaulted stairways.
First built in the late 1st century AD, only about 2/5 of the oval construction are visible with the rest lying unexcavated behind brick. Some of the seating foundations and chambers have been excavated too and there are walkways so you can have a good look around and explore what would have been a true Roman monument. There’s also a painted mural which gives an impression of what the amphitheatre would have been like in its full glory!
As many Chester residents will say, you’re not in Chester until you see the Eastgate Clock!
A stunning feature right at the heart of the city, the Eastgate Clock is a very important local landmark and attracts many visitors; the pathway leading up to it down the high street is often filled with passer-by’s taking photos.
Come rain or shine, the intricate ironwork and gold green paint looks beautiful and makes for not only a piece of stunning artwork, but has also been labelled as one of the most romantic spots in Chester! A number of people saying they used to meet up with the love of their lives there as the clock was the best place to meet in Chester because it can be seen from so far!
Tick, tock – it has to be the Eastgate Clock!
And there we have it, a short guide on 5 Free Things to See and Do in Chester. We hope you spot something which catches your fancy, and let us know how your trip went by commenting on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
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