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Posted by Heliocentrism on December 25, 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

This was my second time in Chester. I spent a Fourth of July here when I was in grad school in Manchester. So I knew that I didn’t have to do too much planning. There is an old Roman wall encircling the city. All we had to do was find the wall, walk around it, and we would see all the good stuff in town.

From the train station we walked to the northern gate of the wall and headed in a clockwise direction. There were lots of little shops and cafes on the wall that I wanted to go into. We didn’t. Mark isn’t that into having tea in a shop. Something about paying £15 for tea and scones for two, when a box of tea, a quart of milk, and a 6 pack of scones at Morrisons is less than £6 makes it hard for me to argue with him. So I made a mental note to have tea at home and keep walking.

The next thing we came to was a tower. It had something to do with Charles I, the king who was beheaded. During some battle, he supposedly stood in the tower to watch the fight. Some people say he actually stood in the cathedral. Whether he stood in the tower or not, it is named for him. It is also locked.

Next we stopped by the cathedral and had a good walk around grounds. We didn’t go in because it was Sunday. Although we could have gone in if we wanted, it just didn’t feel right. We let the worshipers worship without the addition of two tourist gawking at their church.

 We saw the Eastgate clock. We exited the wall to stop by the Roman amphitheater and the Roman gardens before returning to the wall. We walked past the river and kept going until we found Chester Castle. It is usually closed, but for part of the summer of 2017 it was open to the public free of charge.

The city of Chester brought in volunteers to dress as people from the castle’s history. They had short presentations about their historical lives after which we could ask them questions. I think Mark and I spent a few hours here. We were offered free tea and cookies, but we were so engrossed in the exhibits, we forgot to get any treats. This was the high light of our time in Chester. We made sure to put some money in the donation box before we left.

I sincerely hope that they open Chester Castle like this again next year. More people should have an opportunity to see history presented to them in this way.


The United Kingdom

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land via an underwater tunnel, air, or sea.

Check with your local UK embassy for visa information.

Phone:

  • Use 112 or 999 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance

Website:

Data:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • If you’re going to do a lot of travel by train or bus, looking for a Rail card or bus pass before you buy your first ticket.
    • Railway Cards
    • Oyster Card
    • Even getting a day pass on a bus could be cheaper than getting 3 single passes, or a return ticket and a single pass.
  • If you’re going to travel around the United Kingdom, you might want to get membership at one of the following:
    •  English Heritage – £54 / year for 1 person
    • National Trust England – £64.80 / year for 1 person
    • Scottish Heritage –  £49 / year for 1 person
      • All of these are a little cheaper when getting a group or family membership.
      • Many come with discounts for other things, like:
        • The Scottish Heritage gives you 20% off at all of their gift shops and cafes.
        • English Heritage gives you free parking at many of their sights.
      • As a bonus, it helps you when planning what to do and see in the country.
  • If you are going to stay in hostels, join Hosteling International, or any of its subsidiaries.
    • YHA – England & Wales
    • SYHA – Scotland
      • Membership at any of these will get you the discounted rate at any of the other hosteling organizations.
      • These hostels tend to be better than most hostels.

Chester city walls

Basic Information

Websites:

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • 24hrs

Video

Notes:


Chester Cathedral

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • £4  – the gardens

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 18:00 M – Sa

Video

Notes:


Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • Day light hours

Notes:

  • There are picnic benches nearby where you can eat your lunch.
  • The Roman Gardens are very near the Amphitheater.

Chester Castle

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • ??

Hours:

  • ??

Videos:

Notes:

  • Normally, you can only get in with a schedule guided.
  • Chester is usually closed, but it happened to be open last summer when Mark and I were in town.
    • Lucky us!

Map:

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