One of the UK’s oldest cities, Chester, is located in North West England, on the border with North Wales. Its roots go back to Roman times when it was known as Deva. The wall which encircles the old part of the city hints at a long and rich history. Much of the older part of Chester dates back several centuries with many Roman, medieval and Tudor-era buildings still standing. Chester’s riverside location makes for amazing walks alongside the water, while boat rides around the River Dee and the Shropshire Union Canal are possible if you want to see a different side to the city. Chester is also a good place to go shopping or to get away from the buzz of neighbouring cities such as Manchester and Liverpool.
Fuel can be expensive in the area here, so a small, efficient supermini will help to make the most of whatever fuel you buy. Also, it would be easier for parking in the centre.
Driving in Chester
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Important things to note
Much of the city centre is pedestrianized, so it might be best to leave your car in a nearby multi-storey car park to avoid a hefty fine.
Traffic near the M53 heading north from Chester can be heavy during rush hour. Try to plan ahead if you must use this road.
Although not strictly a motorway, the A55 ring road is as good as, especially for driving across the border into North Wales.
Highlights & Hotspots
A tour of Roman Chester is an absolute must. Starting with the city walls, you could then visit the amphitheatre on Vicars Lane and the Roman Gardens, both of which are sights you’re unlikely to see anywhere else in the UK.
To learn more about the city’s Roman heritage, why not visit the Grosvenor Museum? Although small in size, the museum has a range of exhibits which explore everything from the city’s heritage to the natural history of the surrounding area.
Chester Racecourse is the city’s only horseracing venue. Race meetings take place at least once a fortnight here, so you’re always free to have a little flutter on each race if in the mood to see the sport of kings.
One of the most family-friendly attractions in the city is Chester Zoo. The zoo has animals from all over the world and is renowned for its collection of elephants. Exploring everything the zoo has to offer can easily take a full afternoon.
Chester Hawarden Airport is four miles west of the city centre near the Welsh village of Hawarden. It is due to accept passenger flights in the near future, but the nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport in Speke.
To get there, you need to take the M53, turn right onto the M56, then take the A557 in Runcorn, drive across the Halton Bridge into Widnes and take the A533 towards Speke. Then, continue up Speke Road A561 until you see signs for the airport.