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Why Chester is a medieval metropolis

Posted: 27 July 2021


In the charming city of Chester, medieval monuments come to life. Once a major Roman fortress, the city was at the centre of some of the country’s most historic battles. While brutal brawls are no longer a common occurrence here, remnants of this unique period still live on in the city walls, bridges and buildings. Here’s our list of Chester’s most iconic landmarks: 

1. Chester City Walls

Chester’s city walls are one of the last remaining Roman defences in the country. Built approximately 2 000 years ago, the two-mile-long sandstone barrier helped fortify the city. Step back in time and discover what life was like here on a stroll along the city’s well-preserved walls. 

2. Chester Rows

One of the many ways that Roman history lives on here is Chester Rows. Situated in the heart of the city, the arcade of 14th-century houses buzz with activity. The well-preserved buildings are home to a range of local stores and cafes, allowing visitors to admire the ancient roman architecture while sipping down a frothy flat white. 

3. Chester Cathedral 

Chester Cathedral is not only historically significant but architecturally as well. The structure exhibits the impressive and highly intricate gothic style which swept through the region in the mid 12th to 16th century. Here, visitors can climb 125 feet to the top of the spire for unparalleled views of the city or relax down below in the cathedral’s sprawling gardens.  

4. River Dee

The River Dee stretches all the way from Wales to Chester and is one of the city’s top attractions. The river also played a key role in the city’s maritime trade, helping develop Chester into the diverse and culturally rich city it is today. Take a stroll along the paved promenade or board a rowing boat and soak up the beauty that flows here. 

5. Eastgate Clock 

Perched atop the original entrance to the Roman fortress, the Eastgate clock has become a prominent landmark. The clock was added to the archway in 1899 to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria and is said to be the second most photographed clock in England after Big Ben. 

6. Chester Roman Amphitheatre

At the Chester Roman Amphitheatre, history is still being uncovered. Once used for military training and entertainment by the renowned 20th legion, it’s now a popular tourist attraction and excavation site. Recent excavations have revealed two stone-built amphitheatres with wooden seating, giving historians key insights into how the Romans lived and conquered. 

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