Chester is an old Roman town founded in AD 70, the largest in Britain. Surrounding the city is a wall 2 miles long, originally built by the Romans. The positioning of the walls surrounding the city have remained the same since 1200 AD with alterations to the walls being made throughout the decades. Along the wall is the Eastgate Clock which was built for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The clock was formally unveiled on the Queen’s 80th birthday in 1899 and required someone to manually wind it up weekly until 1992 when it was switched to electric.
The Chester Cathedral is a must see for visitors! With a history of over 2,000 years this 32,220 sq ft building is absolutely beautiful inside and out. On a sunny day the stained glass windows light up the interior of the church. Unlike other churches we have visited so far, the Chester Cathedral allowed visitors to look at the interior carvings up close and even access rooms that are normally blocked off to the public. If you plan on visiting the cathedral, at the end of this year you will be able to access the upper levels of the church and view the city from above.