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The ancient northern city of Chester has been an important stronghold since the Romans built a fortress here, almost 2,000 years ago. Today, the sandstone remnants of the city walls still stand and neatly encircle an old town packed with centuries-old half-timbered buildings, whose eaves overhang the cobbled streets, and handsome Victorian terraces, which house some fine Chester bed and breakfasts. Need a little retail therapy? Try the Rows, covered first-floor walkways that wrap around Eastgate, Northgate and Watergate streets and hold some of the city's best stores. Chester and all its attractions are easily explored by foot.
Looking for a cultural break or bringing the kids on a family getaway? Either way, many of the bed and breakfasts in Chester are clustered around the centre of the city, perfectly placing you within walking distance of the some of the city's best attractions. Some occupy luxurious Georgian townhouses, a far cry from the B&Bs of the past. Others are small, family-run properties with just a handful of guestrooms and a personal touch. Others still are housed in fine old farmhouses in the rolling countryside outside Chester. Whatever you're looking for, it's easy to find the perfect place for your city break on Expedia, whose listings include descriptions and photos of each of the properties. Scroll through, find your match and book in just a few clicks.
Though bed and breakfasts in Chester differ, there are certain things you can always expect to find. Guestrooms are typically equipped with all the conveniences you will need for your stay, including kettles, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. If you dig around, you'll often find properties with free parking, a big plus in the bustling city centre, while others are pet-friendly, allowing you to bring your furry friend along. If you're on a road trip through Northern England, why not make the urban sprawl and countless attractions of Manchester the next stop on your itinerary?
One of the best introductions is the 2-mile walk along the old City Walls, passing the 4 main gates and several impressive towers. Afterwards, you can delve into more of Chester's history at the cathedral, which dates back over 1,000 years and hosts England's oldest choir. Interestingly, the large grounds surrounding the cathedral have a falconry, where you can watch mesmerising displays from magnificent birds of prey. Alternatively, you can see what's left of the 2,000-year-old amphitheatre, which once saw fans cheering on battling gladiators, or the Dewa Roman Experience, a reconstruction of life in Chester during Roman occupation. You never know, you might even be enlisted as a Roman soldier for the afternoon. Culture vultures should make a beeline for one of Chester's many museums, like the Grosvenor Museum, which features an impressive collection of Roman artefacts, or the Cheshire Military Museum, which chronicles the history of the region's regiments, from the late 17th century through to today.
Chester has always been a family-friendly city and there's plenty of activities if you're bringing the little ones. At Chester Zoo you can get up close to some 11,000 critters, ranging from chimpanzees to penguins, while the Blue Planet Aquarium houses the largest collection of shark species in the country. Feeling brave? You could always get face-to-face with them on the shark dive experience.