Last weekend I had a day trip to a great city called Chester that I wanted to tell you guys about.
Chester is Roman city in the North West of England, in the county of Cheshire, and sits on the border with Wales. It was founded in AD79, and is the only completely walled city left in the UK. It is only about an hours drive from where I live, so it’s a place I’ve been to a number of times over the years.
The photo at the top is one of the gateways into the Roman part of the city, though as you can see the city has grown a lot beyond the walls since the Romans left Britain. The Gate Way isn’t the original one, as the city has changed a lot over the past two thousand years, but it still looks great. You can walk along the city walls in a complete circle if you wanted to, as it’s a great way to get a feel of the city.
A lot of the buildings in the city centre are Tudor, and are built with something called ‘Rows’, which is like a second street, set up above the main street. They were made so that medieval shoppers could walk and shop out of the rain. It’s really neat.
Chester is home to Britain’s largest Roman amphitheatre, which sits next to some Roman Gardens, just beyond one of the city gates. It could hold up to 7000 spectators, and there is even a shrine to the Roman Goddess Nemesis (Destiny), so I had to take a photo for my friend Destiny from Ravenclaw.
I also visited Chester Cathedral, which was built 1000 years ago, and is one of only six Catholic monasteries to survive Henry VIII dissolution of the Catholic Church in Britain. It survived because he needed some of the churches to become Church of England Cathedrals. It is free to enter, and there are several free tours every day (check the website at https://chestercathedral.com/ for times). There is also a Falconry centre, a shop, and a café. I am not very religious, but I have always enjoyed visiting old churches to learn of the past and the architecture. For a treat, you can go on a paid tour which takes you all the way up to the top of the tour. The tour guide was a young woman called Beth, who gave a great tour. I loved going into places that not many people go to, and seeing close up how the Cathedral was built. I would seriously recommend this tour to anyone.
And just to make you smile; I saw this in the market by the Town Hall:
If you ever want to visit then Chester has a main line train station, and Manchester and Liverpool airports aren’t too far away. You can also get there by National Express Coaches, and Mega Bus. Visit http://www.visitchester.com/ for accommodation. If you like horse racing, then Chester also has one of the best race courses in the country.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius.