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Take a Trip: Enjoy a Day Out in Chester

Carlie George Hedmann

With its origins dating back as far as 79 AD Chester is one of England’s greatest heritage cities, steeped in history, with buildings and scenery that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Bordering Wales it is the perfect place to visit for a day trip. Here we’ve rounded up some of Chester’s best attractions so that you can have the best day possible - you’ll be back before you know it! 

Chester is a city with a rich history and one of its most notable features is its city walls. The walls surrounding the city are the oldest, longest and most complete in Britain, with some parts dating back to almost 2000 years ago. The loop is just under three kilometers long and walking along the circuit of these ancient defensive walls will not only give you some incredible views of the city from above but an interesting insight into Chester’s past. 


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Built almost 500 years ago, Chester Cathedral is another must see. The largest venue in the city for orchestral performances, concerts and charitable fundraisers, as well as its own choir in residence, this is a must visit for any music lover. You can also take the ‘Cathedral at Height’ tour, getting a view of Chester from 125 feet high. You'll climb the central tower, see one city, two countries and five countries all from one spot.  If that's still not enough history for you, then the Roman Amphitheatre should be the next place on your list. Seating over 8000 it is currently the largest uncovered stone-built amphitheatre uncovered in Britain. It was reportedly used for combat sports including classical boxing, wrestling and most notably, gladiatorial combat. 


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Of course you can’t visit Chester without a trip to Chester Zoo. One of the best zoos not just in the UK but in the world, Chester Zoo is home to more than 20,000 individual animals who are housed across their 125 acres of land. It was the first zoo to use humane enclosures, with founder George Motterhead wanting to create a zoo without bars, relying instead on natural barriers such as ditches and moats. 
Of course, this could leave you all feeling a little rushed off of your feet. For a little bit of peace and quiet, why not visit Grosvenor Park? Covering 20km on the the north bank of the River Dee, there is a miniature railway, an activity zone for children, the Lodge Cafe and between July and August productions run in an open air theatre. When the weather gets slightly warmer, you can also hire pedalos and kayaks from The Groves. You could choose to sail down the River Dee on the Chester Boat and pay a visit to the Queen’s Park Suspension Bridge or maybe even take a rest and eat on the river's edge at the ever-popular Twenty2!

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