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From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city.

The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.

History

Chester is a city of rich historical significance. Through the centuries, it has evolved from being one of the most important Roman settlements to being one of the UK’s biggest ports. Whilst a modern city, Chester sits framed in the splendour of its fascinating past. The shops, bars and cafes sit among the historic City Walls, the Cathedral, the Rows, the Racecourse and the River Dee.

Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is a treasure of international importance and a popular tourist attraction in the North West. With its unique blend of modern and medieval history, this ancient Abbey is one of the city’s most notable archaeological wonders, making it the perfect backdrop to your graduation.

Shopping

Chester city centre is unique in having two levels to many of its streets – the Medieval ‘Rows’ which create a hidden world of shops and bars for you to explore. The city centre is packed with high street favourites, sitting alongside designer boutiques and independent gems. As well as the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, a stroll along the Walls, the Rows, or through some of Chester's hidden streets uncovers a host of unexpected independent shops, music venues, book shops, vintage shops and galleries.

River Dee

River Dee

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city at the Groves, Chester’s riverside promenade. With ice cream stands, beer gardens, water sports, and live music, all situated alongside the River Dee, it’s no wonder this remains a popular location for both residents and tourists alike throughout the year.

Grosvenor Park

Grosvenor Park

When the sun is shining there’s no better place than the beautiful surroundings of Chester’s Grosvenor Park; one of the finest examples of Victorian parks in the North West. With 20 acres of land overlooking the River Dee, this is the perfect location to meet with friends or relax with a book away from the bustling city vibes.

Festivals and Events

Chester offers an extensive range of events throughout the year, such as: the Chester Literature Festival, Chester Music Festival, Chester's International Film Festival, Chester Christmas markets, and the Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, among others; so there's always an event to look forward to.

Chester also boasts a thriving arts scene, including theatre and performing arts productions through Storyhouse; which includes the fantastic Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Company and Moonlight Flicks.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo

Voted one of the world’s top zoos, Chester Zoo is the perfect place to spend the day. With 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens to explore, and 20,000 animals to discover, it’s no wonder it’s the most visited paid-for attraction outside London.

Eating Out

Chester has a vibrant and eclectic food scene, ranging from pub grub, pizzas, burgers, tex-mex to pancakes! Around every corner you’ll find independent coffee shops, sandwich shops and cafes, as well as well-known favourites. So, if you're celebrating a special occasion, or just fancy a treat, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants to enjoy.

Nightlife

If you enjoy nights out, Chester has plenty to offer. With Chester Students' Union bar CH1 located on Parkgate Road Campus, you are only a short walk away from a range of top quality entertainment.

Chester buzzes at night with a host of pubs, bars and clubs. Some venues have links with the Chester Students’ Union and hold exclusive student nights. With the oldest pub in Chester dating back to 1643 and new places opening all the time, nights out can consist of real ale pubs, cocktail bars and many student offers – the choice is yours.

There’s a thriving music scene both on and off campus. Bands play across the city throughout the week and big names can be found at venues like Telford’s Warehouse, The Live Rooms or Alexander’s Live, who also host a regular comedy night.

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