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Chester in General
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Chester in General
Date: 10/11/03, updated on 05/04/05 (107 review reads)
Advantages: All types of culture
This review is part of the HOMETOWN challenge where members are asked to write about any aspect of their home town - or a town they'd like/not like to be their home town. You can find all the participants by going to:
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Since this will be my second review, I figured it would be best to write about something I know about, and what could be better than my home town. Surely living somewhere for 19 years will give me a little bit of inside information.
Chester is based just on the border of Wales, and you will probably all know it as the home of ?Hollyoakes? (even if it is filmed in Liverpool). Chester was one of the three original walled cities built by the Romans, making it an interesting place to visit; it has experienced a lot since and you can find history from various era?s littered around the place.
So what is there to do?
Well, one of the first things you will see are the Chester Walls, dating back from the Roman times, this is well worth a walk round as it has interesting things all the way. You can still get inside some of the old towers; and there are scheduled visits and so forth for someone looking to know more. If you just fancy a stroll round plaques are erected often enough, giving you the back round of the area.
This tour will take you round other things as well; you will end up next to the cathedral, as well as the river and all things in between.
There is history all over the place, so you are best going to the Tourist information office, as this will help you along, as Chester hides as much as it shows. You can walk into normal shops and it will have stairs going down to the old ruins which is nothing short of fascinating.
Chester has an amphitheatre as well, which is actually a crying shame for the city, it is only half uncovered, and if excavation were allowed on the other half, hidden
by offices, it would be the only fully uncovered amphitheatre in the country; which would obviously help tourism enormously.
There is more culture in the town than I could possibly have finger power to write down, but other things well worth seeing are The Museum, the famous zoo, roman ruins and the racecourse. All of w
hich are unique in their own way. Obviously if you wanted more information then I suggest you walk outside and get up here as quickly as you can.
But obviously it is not just the people looking for culture that will come to Chester, and admittedly we don?t pull many people in for our football team either. So what else is there to do which won?t make your brain hurt?
Shopping, now I don?t think it is fantastic myself, but all the Chester Uni girl students I talk to seem to love it, the high street over a matter of years has strangely developed in a world of banks. But we do have a load of shops as well. Chester has the benefit of the fact that a lot of the shops have other shops above them on the rows, so you can often find some fantastic places just tucked away. My obvious advice to you would be to come and have a look.
Drinking, well, what can I say, I do like a good drink myself, and Chester is a fantastic place to drown your sorrows. My local is in fact the oldest pub in Chester, called The Boot Inn, dating back from the sixteenth century you find all sorts of things (and people) tucked away that have been there for centuries. For instance a musket used in the civil war, or part of the original stick and mud wall.
Now, I am no small person, and by that I mean I do enjoy my food, and to be fair Chester is not a place where you rely on McDonalds to get you through the day, will some fine restaurants that aren?t just part of a chain you can eat some fantastic food no matter what your tastes are.
Chester obviously has the usual town things, a less than brilliant football team, cinemas, laser q
uest, chippies, all the things that make a good town and I really do suggest that if you fancy going somewhere then just come down here, a truly good experience.
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