Things to see and do - Chester
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Chester and its Environs
Chester and its EnvironsBy car, 107 km, 1 day
Chester's strategic location on Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea couldn't stop the Vikings or Normans from invading. But the story of these multiple conquests can still be seen in the fortifications along this northern coast of England. This homeland of explorer Henry Morton Stanley, famous for the phrase ''Doctor Livingstone, I presume?'', also produces delicious cheese.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
The 11C Norman abbey church was replaced by the present red sandstone building between 1250 and 1540 which has been carefully restored since 1868. Many of the original abbey buildings still stand around the 16C cloisters. Note the remarkable hammer-beam roof of the refectory. The Dean and Chapter still meet in the 13C Chapter House. The left side of the north transept contains the oldest part of the cathedral fabric, an 11C round-headed arch and a camber beam roof (1518-1524). However, the cathedral's finest feature is undoubtedly the choir with its 48 magnificently carved stalls dating from c 1390. The unique, intricate workmanship of the misericords makes them comparable to those at Lincoln and Beverley. The Lady Chapel has been restored to its 1250 appearance. At the back of the chapel, behind the high alter is the 14C shrine of St Werburgh, daughter of the King of Mercia, who died in 700.
Chester is the only city in England that can boast intact city walls. Sections of the Roman wall can be seen between King Charles' Tower, home to the Civil War Museum, and the North Gate. The view from the East Gate, by the Clock Tower looking towards the spire of Holy Trinity Church, gives an idea of the width of the Roman fortress. Kaleyards Gate near the cathedral was used by monks in the Middle Ages to get to their vegetable garden. The abbot was authorised by King Edward I to make an opening in the wall but was obliged to make the gateway sufficiently low that a rider on horseback could not pass. 700 years later, the ecclesiastical authorities are still responsible for closing this gate at 9 pm every evening.
Pont Cysyllteis is a magnificent aqueduct that was built between 1795 and 1810 by the engineer Thomas Telford. One of the great monuments of the industrial age, it carries the Ellesmere Canal over the River Dee at a height of 23m. It is accompanied by a towpath throughout its length (307m).
The Victorian splendour of St. Margaret's Church, often called the "Marble Church" is on a par with Bodelwyddan Castle. Built in 1860 as a memorial to Baron Willoughby de Broke, its sumptuous interior contains no less than 13 different types of marble.