Discovering the History of Chester
Founded by the Romans in AD 79 as a fort, Chester has no shortage of history and hotels in Chester are not only a springboard for a sojourn into the past, but some of the hotels are historical sites themselves, such as The Chester Grosvenor, which has been a part of the city over a hundred years and is celebrating its 147th birthday this year. As a walled-in city (the only complete Roman wall circuit in the UK), Chester feels as though it is enveloped by its past. Even its shop fronts and shopping malls feel medieval combined with plenty of street performers that give the place an aura resembling that of Ye Olde England. As such, the hotels in Chester benefit from having this atmosphere right on their doorstep that employs traditions that stretch from Roman times right up to Victorian England. The compactness of Chester also means that most hotels in Chester are no more than a short stroll from any of the city’s main historical attractions.
Historic and Heritage Sites in Chester
Visitors passionate about cultural and historical heritage will lose themselves in the unique look and feel of Chester from its ancient walls to its architecture and, as such, will find that all of the hotels in Chester share in the cities passion for its past and its character and are also enclosed by the cities colourful and ancient history.
A visit to Chester is not complete without a visit to the Grosvenor museum which offers free admission and presents an extensive array of Roman artefacts, a Victorian/ Edwardian/ Georgian style house and an art gallery that provides a glimpse into Chester’s cultural past. There are plenty of hotels in Chester and most of them are only a short walk away from the impressive cathedral. Existing for almost two thousand years, the cathedral was originally built on a prehistoric Druid temple site. One place that cannot be overlooked is Chester’s Roman Amphitheatre. It is the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain and is located in the very heart of the city. But for those interested in more modern history, Chester has the Cheshire Military Museum, which remembers a period that is closer to home and often overlooked by visitors confronted with thousands of year’s worth of Roman and Medieval antiquity. Nevertheless, those staying in any of the wide range of hotels in Chester will no doubt be baffled by the variety and plethora of ancestral heritage as these sites are really just a pinch of what Chester has to offer for the budding historian.