Hop on over from Wrexham General to the majestic cathedral city of Chester - at less than half an hour’s distance by rail, it’s perfect for a last-minute afternoon out.
Enjoy our comfortable carriages with free onboard Wifi, while you look forward to hitting the town - and with return trains running late, why not make a night of it? With its original mediaeval city walls - some of the most well-preserved of their kind - Chester’s unique position as one of the country’s foremost historical towns is unassailable. On the banks of the River Dee, it’s the county city of Cheshire and lies just a few miles from the Welsh border. Since the invading Romans founded a settlement here in AD 79, Chester has seen its fair share of action, from its role as an Anglo-Saxon stronghold to a Parliamentarian takeover in the English Civil War. Later, the city was prominent as a manufacturing stronghold in the Industrial Revolution.
Encompassing a wealth of ancient remains and listed buildings, Chester is filled with fascinating landmarks to explore. Check out the Chester Roman Amphitheatre, the largest in Britain, which was discovered in 1929 - entry is free! It’s speculated that, had the Romans been successful in their bid to capture Ireland, Chester would have trumped London to become the chosen capital of what was then known as Britannia. Next take a trip to Chester Castle, founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, which includes the Agricola Tower - home to several exquisite and beautifully-preserved mediaeval wall paintings.
Chester’s unusual streets and shop fronts have fascinated visitors for well over a century since the Victorian architect John Douglas embarked upon his ambitious plan to recreate the black-and-white buildings of the Jacobean age. Many of these beautiful half-timbered edifices are topped by twisted chimney-stacks, which are considered his trademark. You’ll also spot many exteriors sporting the ‘Grey Diamonds’ - a brickwork pattern denoting properties belonging to the estate of Westminster.
Bursting with charming boutiques and small independent retailers, Chester is perfect for a day spent browsing the shops - and when you’re done, relax with a drink in one of its many quaint pubs and restaurants.
With travel options to suit every pocket and purpose - check out our Off-peak tickets to save while enjoying the same great benefits, discovering Chester is easier than ever. Download our free app now to plan your visit, and get to know this unforgettable city in a way that suits you.