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Heritage city


Chester, a classic, contemporary city bursting with must-see treasures.

Chester is a classic, contemporary city bursting with must-see treasures just waiting to be discovered! With 2,000 years of history, great bars and restaurants and spectacular shopping, Chester is an absolute delight to explore.
Chester has the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Plus, a 1000-year-old cathedral with Europe’s finest example of medieval carvings, and the one and only 700-year-old Rows galleries for a unique shopping experience. Take a stroll along the River Dee on the ‘Groves’, a paved promenade complete with Edwardian bandstand.

Discover a world of wildlife

Discover more than 12,500 wonderful animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered in the world, at Chester Zoo. The most visited UK attraction outside London is home to amazing animals, glorious gardens and Islands- the tropical environments of six South East Asian islands.

Experience shopping on a whole new level

Chester is home to the 700-year-old Rows, the only shopping arcade of its kind in the world. The continuous half-timbered galleries, reached by steps, form a second row of shops above those at street level. The Rows are home to both independent and high street names taking retail therapy a whole new level.

Explore a Roman city

A city full of historic treasures, Chester is home to the most complete city walls in Britain, dating from the Roman occupation 2,000 years ago and built to protect the city. In Chester you will also find the Roman Amphitheatre, where 7,000 spectators once enjoyed circuses, festivals and gladiator fights.