Chester

From Beeston Castle we made our way to Waverton. An old neighbour of ours now lives here so we decided to stop and say hello. We had a lovely lunch out with her, and she has asked us to stop on the way back so she can reciprocate. We hopped a bus to Chester from Waverton, so we could have a quick look around. It is our new favourite place. So full of history, and interesting  things to do and see. On friday we started our cruise into Chester. We set off early as we wanted to get through 8 locks, to finally end up in Tower Wharf, which is a good place to continue our explorations.

Travelling through the city centre alongside the wall.

Travelling through the city centre alongside the wall.

The wall circles the city, and was rebuilt in medieval times. It is approx 2miles long.

The wall circles the city, and was rebuilt in medieval times. It is approx 2miles long.

The canal was cut through solid rock.This picture is the approach to Northgate Locks. A triple staircase!

The canal was cut through solid rock.This picture is the approach to Northgate Locks. A triple staircase!

Inside one of the chambers of Northgate Locks. Again hewn out of solid rock.

Inside one of the chambers of Northgate Locks. Again hewn out of solid rock.

Tower Wharf our final destination for the day. We are going to explore more of Chester.

Tower Wharf our final destination for the day. We are going to explore more of Chester.

Chester is a very old town, and has been added to over the years. The Romans were here for 300 years. There is a part excavated amphitheatre, which is the biggest ever found in Britain. The Grosvenor museum gives the timeline of Chester from the Romans to the present day. The city wall was rebuilt in stone in Medieval times with fortifications at crucial points to keep out the marauding Welsh. It later had additions in the 17th century, and also Victorian influence. A sample of the pictures we took now follows.

Victorian building showing "The Rows". These are the tiered levels which now house shops

Victorian building showing “The Rows”. These are the tiered levels which now house shops

Inside "The Rows"

Inside “The Rows”

Part of the shopping area

Part of the shopping area

One of the many towers around the city wall.

One of the many towers around the city wall.

This is just a sample of Chester. Well worth a visit. We will move on a bit further tomorrow as Chester zoo is next on our list of things to do.

 

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