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Chester and its Environs

Chester and its Environs

By 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.

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Chester

Chester
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Cathedral   Interesting

Saint Werburgh Street Chester CH12HU
Religious buildings

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.

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The Walls   Interesting

New crane Street Chester CH12NN
Architecture, castles and historic districts

The city walls are extremely well preserved and are a good way of appreciating Chester. North Gate commands Northgate Street, one of the main thoroughfares of the inner city, which is lined with medieval façades. By following the eastern section of the wall you come to King Charles' Tower, from where the cathedral can be glimpsed through the trees. Newgate offers panoramic views over the little Roman garden and Grosvenor Park; on Bridgegate you can see the finest half-timbered house in Chester (1664).

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Pont Cysyllte   Worth a detour Worth a detour

A539 Llangollen
Architecture, castles and historic districts

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).

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Denbigh

Denbigh
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St Margaret's Church  

Bodelwyddan LL185S
Religious buildings

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.

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