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UK: Interesting Things to Do in Chester

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I had honestly never considered going to the English town Chester nor did I know if there were any fun things to do in Chester. But when I went to London with a friend some years ago we also stopped by in Chester. The initial plan was to visit the guy she was dating at the time. But while we were in London he broke up with her. Over the phone.

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I’m sure a lot of people who are not from the UK have never even heard of Chester. So let me tell you where this town is located and why it’s worth visiting.

As you can see, Chester is very close to Wales. Due to the bizarre nature of my visit (my friend simply needed to get some things from her ex), I only spent a few hours in this pretty town.

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Why You Should Visit Chester

As you can see from these photos, Chester is an absolute beauty of a town. One of the most romantic things to do in Chester is certainly simply strolling through the beautiful center with its stunning old buildings.

And while you probably wouldn’t want to spend weeks here, a day trip to Chester will allow you a glimpse into the past. Because Chester has an enormous amount of Roman ruins.

At the time I honestly had no idea that there were well-preserved Roman ruins in England at all. But Chester dates back all the way to the Roman Empire when it was called Deva. But there’s even more history in Chester: It also played a role in the English Civil War as a Royalist stronghold.

In Welsh, the town is known as Caer, and it’s an important shopping destination for people from the north of Wales. That might not sound very interesting, except that the buildings in Chester are so gorgeous. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go shopping in buildings from the Tudor era?

Things to Do in Chester

Visiting the majestic Cathedral is one of the best things to do in Chester. And not far from there, you can see the Eastgate Clock from 1899.

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The most important things to do in Chester are pretty much all within walking distance. So you don’t have to worry about taking buses or taxis at any time of day.

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If you’re looking for more romantic things to do in Chester you can go for a stroll along the Groves, the riverside promenade along the River Dee. Or you can rent a boat and see Chester from a different angle.

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I wish I had had more time in Chester and maybe even used it as a base to explore a little bit of Wales. But despite the awkward circumstances I’m really glad I got to visit Chester, a town I would have otherwise never visited.

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Where in the UK have you been? Is it a country you would like to explore beyond London?

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10 Comments

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    Holidays from Hels
    April 18, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Looks beautiful, and only just of the road from us in Bristol! I will have to get on a train in the summer (fingers crossed!) and check it out. I love an historic British town!

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      Nina Ahmedow
      April 19, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Yes, if you’re so close you absolutely must visit!!

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    Alma
    April 18, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    I went to Chester many years ago. It’s a beautiful town. I’m sorry I didn’t see more of it.

    • Reply
      Nina Ahmedow
      April 19, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Me too, I wish I had had more time there.

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    Polly
    April 18, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Lived in the UK for 5 years and never made it to Chester. Looks beautiful though and certainly a place I would love to visit. Great post!

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      Nina Ahmedow
      April 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      I think when you live somewhere you’re even less likely to see everything because you always push it to the backburner somehow.

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    Jenn - The Solivagant Soul
    April 18, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I am always amazed of the beautiful little towns that you can randomly find in the UK. I remember once driving, we stopped in a small town and ended up finding an amazing church. Anyways, it seems like this town is the perfect stopover on your way to wales. I will mark it for that! thanks!

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      Nina Ahmedow
      April 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Yes, if you ever plan a trip to the north of Wales definitely stop by in Chester first.

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    Jason Reid
    April 26, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    My grandad recommended Chester to me a while back as a place to visit. I haven’t yet been but it looks lovely so maybe I’ll try squeeze in a trip later in 2020.

    I’m glad your friend’s ex at least offered reason to visit, even if it was an awful way for things to end and circumstances for you to be there.

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      Nina Ahmedow
      April 27, 2020 at 10:51 am

      You really should visit, it’s absolutely lovely, and with international travel possibly being on hold for much longer it’s a good way for you to still do some exploring.

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