Chester can trace its origins back to Roman times, making it one of Great Britain's earliest towns. Established in 70 AD the Romans called their settlement Dewa (pronounced Deva). When the Romans withdrew in the 5th century, the incoming Angles and Saxons settled and changed the name to Chester.
Chester has expanded well beyond the old walls originally built by the Romans. However, old Chester can still be seen within the walls: the original Roman street grid pattern is still relatively intact. And from the stone cross that marks the centre of town, four roads stretch out like points of the compass to the four principal gates.
You can still walk the ancient city walls, the most complete in the country to catch a glimpse of the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain and admire the architectural beauty of Chester Cathedral.
This historic city is renowned for its two-tier shopping galleries know as the ‘Rows’, its Victorian half timbered buildings, and its racecourse which is reputedly the oldest in the country, dating back to the 16th century.
Close to Chester is Chester Zoo, the beautiful gardens of Tatton, Ness and Bodnant, a number of outstanding stately homes, historic medieval castles and the mountains of North Wales.
Chester offers a lively nightlife with a wide choice of restaurants, bars and live music venues