Chester : About the area

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about Chester

The historic city of Chester was founded by the Romans in AD79, and still shows many signs of its long and fascinating history. Built on the banks of the River Dee, the city now attracts visitors from around the world. In 2007 Chester Council announced a 10-year plan to see Chester become a "must see European destination". At a cost of £1.3 billion it has been nicknamed 'Chester Renaissance'.

The more unusual landmarks in the city are the city walls, the Rows and the black-and-white architecture. The walls encircle the bounds of the medieval city and constitute the most complete city walls in Britain, the full circuit measuring nearly 2 miles. The Rows are unique in Britain and consist of buildings with shops or dwellings on the lowest two storeys.

Roman remains can still be found in the city, particularly in the basements of some of the buildings and in the lower parts of the northern section of the city walls.  The most important Roman feature is the amphitheatre just outside the walls which is undergoing archaeological investigation.

The city is a hub for major roads, including the M53 motorway towards the Wirral Peninsula and Liverpool and the M56 motorway towards Manchester. The A55 road runs along the North Wales coast to Holyhead and the A483 links the city to nearby Wrexham and Swansea to the far south.

Racing is at Chester, Haydock and Bangor on Dee and the Cheshire Polo Club is based at Little Budworth.  The surrounding countryside is criss-crossed by a network of public footpaths and the Sandstone Trail over the Bickerton and Peckforton Hills.

 
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Schools
 
Christleton High School
Abbeygate College
Bishop Heber High School
King's and Queen's in Chester
 
Amenities
 
Two 18 hole golf courses at Tarporley 
golf courses at Delamere and Sandiway
The Rows - unique gellery of shopts dating from Medieval times and believe to include the oldest shop front in England
Grosvenor Shopping Centre
The Forum shopping centre
Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Broughton Retail Park
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Population
approx 328,100
 
Airports
Manchester and Liverpool airports 
approx 30 mins
 
Rail
direct rail service to London Euston in       2 hours
 

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