This post was triggered by the mention of a Fantasy Con to be held in Chester next summer I found on Joe Abercrombie's blog. So for him and anyone else who wants to go to Chester, here are some photo impressions I took when I visited the town in May.
Roman Garden in the morning sun
Not exactly a Roman
garden, but a garden decorated with genuine and reconstructed Roman pillars, statues and other artifacts. A pretty little park directly behind the remains of the amphitheatre. Half timbered houses
Not all of them are Medieaval, though. Chester is very much a Victorian image of the Middle Ages, but there are
genuine remains as well. Today the centre with its pretty white and black houses is a tourist magnet and giant shopping mall - only a lot more beautiful than usual. More old(ish) houses in the centre
You see, it's impossible to get pics without people, and on a bank holiday that was even more a problem. Chester was rather crowded. Walk on the town wall
The town walls surrounding the centre of todays Chester, built on Roman remains and enhanced in Medieaval times, later repaired after having been damaged in the Civil War, are the most complete in an English town. You can walk around town on top of the walls. Chester Cathedral, interior
One of the remaining Mediaval buildings is the cathedral, not as large as the York Minster
but still very impressive, especially inside. A peaceful place after the crowds in the streets. Victorian houses at the Dee river
The Victorians loved Chester, and the townside bank of the river is framed with their fancy houses. A river cruise on the Dee (you know how much I love river cruises, so of course, I took one) is a travel back in time.