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An October 2005 trip to Wales by shaunandtrish

Flint Castle Photo, Flintshire, Wales More Photos
Quote: A business trip with one night free to see some stuff. This is what I did see...

Spooky

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Overview

Flint Castle Photo, Flintshire, Wales
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I'd not been here before, but it reminded me a lot of Durham, where I'm from. Chester is a bit of a cultural oasis like Durham in an area dominated by a lot of large and generally unfriendly villages with blue collar industry roots like mining and steel. In these places being a stranger often feels like the least best thing to be. That said, the area has lots to offer from the wonderfully wild and bleak coast line in north Wales heading south from the Dee Estuary, to the castles that are dotted about everywhere, a testament to the messy squabbling that went on in that part of the world throughout the middle ages. Then there is Chester itself. Chester is an incredible mix of architecture...Read More

Gateway To Wales Hotel (The)

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Hotel | "Gateway to Wales"

Gateway To Wales Hotel (The) Photo, Chester, Wales
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This hotel was chosen for me simply due to its proximity to the facility where I was working. In such circumstances my expectations are never high, and this particular neighbourhood is not exactly known for its inherent attractions. In fact it is fair to say that there are few reasons to go anywhere on foot from the hotel. Quite why the area is known as "Garden City" defeats me. So that's the drawbacks dealt with, now the strengths; Price: At around £60 per night bed and breakfast, it competes well in the budget hotel/motel class but offers slightly more. I'm aware that people from parts where prices are more reasonable may balk at a daily rate of £60 being describe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2005

Gateway To Wales Hotel (The)
Welsh Road - Garden City - Sealand
Deeside CH5 2HX
+44 (1244) 830332

Leprechaun Pub

Restaurant | "The Leprechaun Pub"

Leprechaun Pub Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Until I ate at the Leprechaun, I'd come to the conclusion that when one is asked how one prefers their steak in a pub in Britain, the question is posed solely out of curiosity by the person taking the order. An ongoing survey, maybe. Fact is that it comes back well done whatever your preference. Every time. Bar none. This is more than an irritation to blood loving types like myself. Doesn't happen in France, mind. Anyway, the routine was about to unfurl in its painfully familiar way once again when I ordered at the "Lep" - they asked, I replied "rare" with a sigh and a heavy heart, and awaited the ineviatble drizabone over my Guiness (the pub was called the Leprechaun after all), ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2005

Leprechaun Pub
74-78 Welsh Road
Wales, United Kingdom

Flint Castle

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Attraction | "Flint Castle, Flintshire"

Flint Castle Photo, Flintshire, Wales
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I like to try to see a few things whenever I'm out and about, especially if it's somewhere new to me, like here. So after knocking off work at about 5 for the day, I scanned the road map for anything indicating "view" or "historic site" or whatever nearby. In doing that I noticed a little "castle" icon by Flint. This was just up the road so I thought "why not?". Chester was an obvious choice, but I wanted to wait a bit until the city trade traffic had departed for the day. Anyway, I headed off towards Flint, a journey of about 10 miles from the hotel, and wondered what I was seeing after a couple of miles. The road out there is like something out of Bladerunner. There's a spectacularly sci...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2005

Flint Castle
Flintshire, North Wales
Flintshire, Wales

Chester Cathedral

Attraction | "Chester Cathedral at Night"

Chester Cathedral Photo, Chester, England
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Chester Cathedral is centrally located slap bang in the city centre, more or less opposite the grand-looking Town Hall. It's nowhere near as large or spectacular as York Minster or Durham Cathedral, but as part of Chester's wonderful architectural and cultural pastiche, it's integral. Historically it was not constructed in anything like a single event. Part of it date back as far as the 10th Century when the site was developed as a monastry to house the remains of St Werburgh... What? You've never heard of him? ... Nor had I. But it has been added to/improved/developed at various times throughout the middle ages. Seen at night it's commanding silent and a bit spooky. The lights are great for...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 5, 2005

Chester Cathedral
12 Abbey Square
Chester, England
+44 1244 324 756

Chester's Spooky Streets

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Story/Tip

Roman Stuff Photo, Chester, England
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The main reason I ended up here after dark was because I couldn't be bothered with the traffic, but in the end it worked to my advantage with some great photos. Now Chester is old. You can tell that as soon as you arrive. Its older ruins (the walls, the ampitheatre excavations, gardens) date from back to the Romans, but since that time the city has developed and now it's a spectacular mish-mash of Roman/Norman/medieval constructions, sensitively preserved and promoted by the local townspeople. Like York and to a lesser extent Durham, where I'm from, it promotes its history very well and consequently it's a favourite stopover for tourists. Wander into the city centre on a cold but dry Monday ...Read More