The city of Chester is a popular place to live, work, and visit. Famed for its complete Roman walls around the city centre, its historic Cathedral and distinctive two level ‘Rows’. Chester has a wide range of residential and commercial properties to choose from.
Chester is a thriving and vibrant city celebrated for its shopping, bars and restaurants along with a calendar of events that includes festivals, race meetings at the oldest racecourse in Britain and an open air theatre.
Cestrians say their city offers an excellent quality of life and benefits from excellent transport links to the rest of the UK, including a train journeys to London in just over two hours. Its thriving business centres provide accommodation for some of the UK’s biggest names in finance including Bank of Scotland, Bank of America and M&S Financial Services.
Chester still retains many of its historic features such as the amphitheatre, the ‘black and white rows’ of shops. The city centre itself is compact and is easy to walk around, and has the beautiful River Dee flowing through it. Work has started on a new theatre, cinema and arts complex – supported by the Westminster Foundation – which will enhance the city’s culture and night life.
Chester can trace its origins back to AD 79 when the Romans named it Deva and built walls to encircle their fort settlement.
The original Roman street grid pattern is still intact and the Roman amphitheatre and Roman Gardens have been brought back to their former glory.
During the Middle Ages Chester became a rich and powerful port using the River Dee to trade goods with the rest of Europe. It was during this time that many of the city’s famous Rows were built.
Chester was a Royalist stronghold and was under siege for six months, between 1645 and 1646, during the English Civil War. By the Georgian era Chester was a fashionable and affluent place to live.
In 1899 the Eastgate Clock was built on the city walls to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Now Grade I listed it’s reputed to be the second most photographed clock in England, after London’s Big Ben.
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For information about parking in the city centre please use this helpful guide produced by ChesterBID.