Cheshire Tourist Attractions Series: Chester

Founded as a Roman fort named Deva Vitrix, Chester grew to become a major civilian settlement. Today, Chester is the most populous settlement in Cheshire West and Cheshire. Moreover, it is home to some of Cheshire’s most visited tourist attractions, which include Chester Zoo.

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is one of the most impressive and oldest buildings in the county of Cheshire. The cathedral has been the seat of the Bishop of Chester since 1541. The impressive Chester landmark offers visitors tours in which they are offered stunning views from the top of the cathedral’s 125-foot tower. Visitors are also talked through the cathedral’s history during the tour.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo sprawls across 128 acres and is home to more than 35,000 animals. Staffed by a thousand employees, Chester Zoo also serves as a conservation and education society working to prevent animal extinction. From aardvarks, Asian elephants, black rhinos, to cheetahs, bush dogs and chimpanzees, Chester Zoo has it all! They also offer specially structured school trips, as well as experience days for those seeking a little more from their visit.

Walls of Chester

Chester city walls date back to the Roman era, when they were erected as part of the Fortress of Deva Victrix between 70 and 80 AD. You can take part in a walk following the walls which is bookable from the Official Visitor Information Centre based in Town Hall Square. Join the walk and follow Chester’s history, from Roman foot soldiers’ patrols to the tower where Charles I stood and watched the pivotal Battle of Rowton Moor.

Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens

The Falconry Centre at Chester Cathedral offers great interactive fun for the whole family. Not only does the Falconry Centre offer a uniquely close up look at these birds of prey, but it is also home to owls, hawks and Tinks. The Falconry Centre’s daily flying displays are a very popular attraction.