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Chester Cathedral

Book a Chester hotel to admire its medieval and Roman city walls, Victorian half-timbered shopping streets and glorious riverside parks.

Historic Chester

You can walk the two-mile perimeter of Old Chester along its walls, the most intact in Britain. After dark, watch out for a Welshman – an ancient bylaw allows you to shoot him if he’s in the city after sunset. We advise against this. Medieval, Norman, Tudor and Victorian buildings dot this tourist-soaked city. Absorb its antiquity in a Chester Cathedral pew as a choir floats Handel’s Messiah round the Norman arches.

Art and museums in Chester

Defend the city walls with your shield and get shouted at by a centurion at the Dewa Roman Experience. You’ll get a grip on the city’s 2,000-year history at the Grosvenor Museum with tons of relics detailing life within the walls.

Quirky things to do in Chester

See if you can spot the 13th-century coffin, "Dust to Dust" inscribed upon it, tucked into an arch in the ruins of the Norman St John the Baptist Church. Then head to Grosvenor Park next door for a stroll and a cruise along the Dee.

Events in Chester

Chester Folk Festival in May brings a mellow music crowd to the city. Dating from the 1400s, the Winter Watch Parade in December lights up the streets with fire-breathers, devils, angels and the Lord of Misrule.

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Attractions in Chester:

Erddig, Wrexham. Courtesy of Wrexham County Borough Council

Opening times:
Various, please call before visiting Mar - Nov 2013; not Thu or Fri (various dates)

Fernando Torres celebrates scoring. © Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC 2012/13

Opening times:
25 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Goodison Park, home of Everton FC
Everton FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Wigan Athletic FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Manchester United FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

What's on in Chester:

Apples. Photo by Ben Evans, © Whatsonwhen
Erddig Apple Festival

Dates Open:
04/10/2014 to 04/10/2014

The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain

Dates Open:
03/11/2014 to 30/11/2014

Farmaggedon, Ormskirk. Courtesy of Farmaggedon

Dates Open:
12/10/2014 to 31/10/2014
07/10/2014 to 09/10/2014

Well, they're having a good time! © CAMRA, Real Ale Campaign
CAMRA Beer Festival

Dates Open:
13/10/2014 to 15/10/2014

Buy Art Fair

Dates Open:
27/10/2014 to 30/10/2014

Manchester Literature Festival

Dates Open:
10/10/2014 to 23/10/2014

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