Chester is a county town in the county of Cheshire and is of great historical interest, from Roman times to the present day. Noted for its magnificent two-tier medieval arcades that is full of great little shops. Chester ranks as one of the most highly places to visit in England. Chester is only a short drive away from Alvaston Hall Hotel.
Originally settled by the Romans in the first century AD, some of the roman structure still survives today. Later Chester came under attack by the Vikings who sailed up the river in there long ships. By Georgian times the port was virtually gone, silted up. Many new houses were built by the townsfolk and Chester prospered, most of which today are the little shops and cover alleys.
Chester is the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world. The first recorded race was held on February 9th 1539. The racecourse hosts 15 flat race meetings a year between May to September as well as numerous other events throughout the year. A range of restaurants is available on the course.
No matter what the weather Chester has some great shopping centres, with a shop to suit all tastes. From rows of 700 year old 2 tiered covered shops to up to the minute shopping galleries. Including. shops, art galleries, gifts, jewellery, fashion and much more.
Chester Zoo is one of the largest zoos ion the UK , with over 20.000 animals you will be sure of a great day out. With shows and displays – don’t miss feeding times.
The Cheshire Military Museum tells the fascinating story of the Cheshire Soldiers from the 17th Century right through to the present day. Learn about the wars they fought, experience life in the trenches for a World War One soldier, and immerse you self in the history of the soldiers.
The railway, built in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Duke of Westminster’s railway at nearby Eaton Hall, is popular with young and old alike and has become one of Chester’s top tourist attractions. They operate steam and diesel hauled trains, on a ¼ mile circuit around the lake in Chester’s Grosvenor Park.