What to See in Chester

Explore what to see in Chester for your visit. From the Cathedral to the Roman Walls, prepare for an unforgettable journey through history and culture!

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By the Avanti Web Team

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3 min read | 27 May 2024

Discover the captivating sights of Chester which pair iconic landmarks with historical spots. Whether you’re here for the grand architecture, museums or scenic strolls, there is plenty to see in Chester.

Find the best things to see in Chester

Chester's long history has left a fascinating trail of landmarks, from its Roman legacy to its iconic architecture. As you explore the city's unique charm, discover the must-see sights that make Chester a captivating destination.

The most Instagrammable places in Chester

Armed with your camera, your first destination should be the Chester Cathedral. This Chester landmark showcases some of the best Gothic architecture in England. You will marvel at its grand scale, detailed stained glass windows and the ornate Lady Chapel.

Another distinctive feature of Chester is the Eastgate Clock. Marking a prominent entrance to the city, it is one of the marvels of Victorian design. Alongside its intricate details, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for the two Roman soldiers who strike the bell every hour.

For even more historical sights, be sure to take a walk alongside the Chester City Walls. Encircling the city centre, they are the oldest, longest, and most complete in Britain, parts of which are almost 2000 years old.

Chester is the only city in Britain that retains the full circuit of its ancient defensive walls. Walking the complete circuit gives wondrous views down into the city and gives a fantastic insight into Chester's long history.

Chester Cathedral

Chester’s historical sights

Continue your journey through Chester’s history with a visit to the Grosvenor Museum. Here, history buffs can explore an array of exhibits that include Roman headstones and mosaics.

This Chester museum also sheds light on the city's medieval and Georgian past. It showcases its trading legacy through coins, merchant ledgers, and imported goods.

For a more diverse look at Chester’s heritage, check out the museum’s art and natural history exhibits. These feature paintings by renowned local artists and captivating displays of the region’s unique geology.

Another must-see is the ruins of the Chester Amphitheatre, the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain. These weathered walls of this impressive structure capture how the city’s rich heritage entwines with the Roman Empire.

For more history, you can experience Roman Britannia at the Deva Roman Experience. With a meticulously designed set, the talented ensemble of characters will immerse your senses in the Roman bathhouse, market street, and amphitheatre.

There’s also the Eastgate Clock, one of the most photographed clocks in the world. This magnificent timepiece has been keeping the good people of Chester punctual since 1899.

Medieval Bridge in Chester

The natural vistas of Chester

If you’re looking to glimpse some of the natural beauty of Chester, there are many spots to explore.

Start with the River Dee for a touch of tranquillity within the bustle of the city. Take a scenic boat cruise and admire views of the city walls and surrounding countryside. Or, choose a leisurely stroll along its banks and observe local wildlife.

For another natural escape, you can also explore the well-manicured gardens of Grosvenor Park. Walking through the trees and flowers, you will discover the many interesting art installations and statues in the park.

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