The county town
of Cheshire is located on the River Dee (on the Welsh border) and
has a population of over 80,000 people. Chester has several
prominent examples of architectural monuments included the Medieval
city walls which are now Grade 1 listed. Chester is well known this
wall and it is regarded as one of the best preserved medieval walls
in the United Kingdom.
Excavations were carried out in Chester on
the Grosvernor Park site which produced
numerous interesting historical finds. These
included the base of a small Roman statue,
Civil War musket balls, plaster work from a
mansion's ceiling and a Roman votive.
During the Industrial Revolution, Chester
played a major part and was at the heart of
the canal industry. Two railway stations
meant Newton (located in the north east of
Chester) were responsible for providing
workers and vast wealth production to the
Chester is also known for its beautiful
surroundings. The northern and eastern area
of Chester consists of forest and headland.
The west site (towards the Dee Estuary) has
marsh and wetlands.
In 2007 Chester began a £1.3 billion 10 year
plan to make Chester a "must see European
destination". This was nicknamed the Chester
Renaissance. The current market hall,
theatre, market hall, leisure centre and NCP
car park will be demolished and replaced
with new homes, retail space, department
store, hotel, multi-storey car park,
performing arts centre and bus exchange.
Visitors to Chester can explore many
cultural amenities in the city. The
Grosvernor Museum houses exhibitions from
the city's Roman past and a reconstructed
Georgian house. There is even a Roman Ghost
Tour in Chester in addition to many other
family day out destinations.
Chester City F.C. play in Coca-Cola League 2
and play their home games at the Deva
Stadium. Chester also has a national
basketball team, a wheelchair basketball
team, a successful hockey club (Chester HC)
and an American Football team.
In addition to Chester's canals, the city
also has two major railway stations (located
very close to each other). The main station
is Chester General and is in the north east
of the city centre. Extensive renovation
work took place in 2007 which saw the
pedestrian access and parking improved.
By road, Chester is a hub for several major
roads. These include the M53 (from
Liverpool) and the M56 (from Manchester).
There are also links to the north Welsh
coast via the A55. Buses operate in the city
(provided by Arriva and First Group) with
plans in place to build a brand new bus
exchange in Chester.
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