In and around Chester

Chester this Christmas

Chester is full of things to see and do. It has a rich history, having been the major Roman centre in the north of Britain. The city walls are still intact, and make a great walk around the city. Chester is built on the River Dee – in fact, it was a major port for hundreds of years. Today, the Dee makes a picturesque setting for a stroll or a riverboat ride – or the more energetic can hire a rowing boat of their own!

Chester Zoo - one of the world’s top zoos. The huge grounds allow you to see animals from all over the world in good conditions – and the zoo is a leader in conservation programmes. You’ll have a great day out and learn a lot into the bargain! 2½ miles / 5 minutes from Lavender Lodge.

Chester city centre is only a mile away, with its world-famous ‘Rows’ – the tiered shops with walkways date from the 14th century, and house a wonderful range of boutique shops.

Chester Cathedral – recently refurbished, the cathedral is the most complete medieval monastic complex still standing in the UK. It’s in the centre of the city, along with one of its unusual points - its separate bell-tower.

Shopping – as well as The Rows, the city centre has its own large shopping mall in The Forum. Cheshire Oaks is a large outlet and entertainment centre on the edge of Chester, and is only 5 miles / 10 minutes from Lavender Lodge.

Roman Chester

  • the Roman amphitheatre at Chester has been known about since 1920’s, but a major excavation project by English Heritage and the City Council is revealing amazing details by the week.
  • Grosvenor Museum in the city has excellent exhibits of Roman finds – and makes a great place to learn about the history of Chester
  • there are many remnants of the Roman walls to see around Chester
  • the Dewa Roman Experience in the city centre is a museum with a difference – it’s ‘hands-on’ displays help you really understand what life was like in Roman times!