Packs a punch for a small city
Chester is a small city located on in the North West of England and close to the border with Wales. It is a picturesque city and still has many medieval buildings dating back to Norman times. Although it is not a large city is still manages to pack a punch in terms of things to do, restaurants, bars and of course the famous Chester Races which is one of the best kept horse racing stadiums in the country.
Chester has a population of just over 100,000 inhabitants making it one of England’s smallest cities.
A Mediaeval City
The most striking feature of the city is its city walls and rows of black and white architecture. The walls almost completely surround the city in a circuit measuring 3km and making the town seem mediaeval even in the 21st century.
Head for the town Hall and the Cathedral in the City centre to see fine examples of this kind of build.
Don’t forget to take a trip to Chester Castle that is in fine form and represents the theme of the town.
Duke of Westminster footprint on the architecture
Most of the city is owned by the Duke of Westminster who is one of the most powerful landowners in England and explains why the culture of the city and its heritage building remain in tact and of high quality unlike other cities who have converted their older buildings into modern office blocks or residential apartments.
Most of the architecture uses Jacobean timber styles including the infamous twisted chimney stacks which are a trademark of most of the buildings.
The finest example of this kind of building is the Falcon Inn located in the city’s conservation area.
Unlike most of England’s cities Chester benefits from a large agricultural community and as such is a feast for organic and locally grown fresh food. Head for the Farmers Markets for home grown delights or enjoy the fine pub lunches or dinners in one of many gastro pubs in the town centre.
The canals lay hidden amongst the city and span far and wide into the surrounding countryside. So if you fancy a trip outside the city there are numerous routes along the canals that can be ventured on foot of on bicycle.
Alternatively you could enjoy a fantastic day at the horse races at Chester Racecourse or for a family day out visit Chester Zoo which is one of the top attractions in the North of England.