Chester Journals

"Historical Chester"

A September 2001 trip to Chester by Judy

Quote: Chester is a lovely city with a wonderful intact wall surrounding its Tudor black and white buildings. Eastgate and Northgate Streets provide a shopping experience you'll never forget. There's an internet cafe in Rufus Court and lots of restaurants and pubs featuring good food.

"Historical Chester"

Overview

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The cathedral is well worth a visit, especially for Evensong service. The Roman Ampitheater, St. John the Baptist Church with its Old Abbey ruins, Grosvener Museum, Grosvenor Park and the famous Chester Zoo.

Quick Tips:

We spent eleven days in Chester and used it as a base for several trips into Wales. Our B&B was located one mile from the Wales border. Day trips into Wales are easily booked at the TIC. We took a memory-making trip to Snowdonia and Llandudno by coach.

Best Way To Get Around:

City bus, coach and train are very convenient for traveling to nearby Wales. We had no trouble and found the personnel at the bus exchange and coach park very helpful.
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Large Victorian B&B with lots of parking and beautiful gardens and fish pond. Breakfast offerings included "full English", light choices and vegetarian fare. Our en-suite room had color TV and central heat. Furnishings were o.k., but definitely budget-minded. The old building showed signs of wear, but was comfortable and clean. Located an easy 15 minute walk to town center and one mile from Wales border. Hosts: Colin & Judy Smith

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Homeleigh Guest House
14 Hough Green
Chester, England
(012) 4467-6761

Bella Italia

Restaurant | "Bella Pasta"

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Classic Italian fare with absolutely the best desserts ever! We favored the vegetarian tomato pesto linguine, but the menu offered lots of meat and seafood choices. Our favorite dessert was the ameretto cheesecake with hot cherry sauce. We also tried the Godfather which consisted of 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream on a dark chocolate brownie, smothered with hot fudge sauce and whipped cream. A meal in itself! We enjoyed sitting at the front windows which looked out onto the main shopping street of Eastgate.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Bella Italia
29 Eastgate Street
Chester, England
01244 325420

Grosvenor Museum

Attraction

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This small museum is packed with Roman artifacts and hands-on exhibits. Antique silver and the Chester Race cups are featured as well. A special exhibit of the history of beach wear was amusing. Lots of old post cards sent from beach resorts, etc. The Art Gallery featured a wonderful display of prints of Chester as seen through the eyes of artists past and present.

Hours: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Sat
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sun

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street
Chester, England

Chester Cathedral

Attraction

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For 1000 years people have worshipped at this site. It was originally a 10th Century Saxon Church dedicated to St. Werburg and later became a Benedictine Abbey. The present church was built around 1250. It became a cathedral in 1541. The Nave with its lovely mosaic panels dates from 1883. The highlight for me was the Quire. The delicate medieval woodwork dates from 1380. It was here that my friend and I sat to enjoy the Choral Evensong sung by the men and boys' choir. It was not long after the terrorist attack on our country, and when the prayers were said for the victims and their families, are hearts were heavy with grief. We found the music very soothing. The next afternoon we took th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

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

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Judy

Judy
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