We had moved on the Friday to a campground we had used before on Colwyn Bay. The weather on the Saturday was wet so we caught up with grocery shopping etc. Sunday was forecast to be sunny but cool so we decided we would head to Chester. We had intended to visit Chester from Wrexham but ran out of time and couldn’t stay any longer at the campground there.
We had visited Chester over 20 years ago for a long weekend. The town was very busy even though it was a Sunday.
In 79AD the Romans built Dev Castra their largest fortress in Britain. The fortress was later extended and refortified in the Middle Ages. Later still the town became the most prosperous ports in the northwest. However by the middle of the 18th century the port had silted up and the town prosperity declined ensuring the survival of many of the old buildings. Today the town is surrounded by two miles of medieval and Roman walls and the town has many Tudor and Victorian buildings and has the unique raised arcade called “The Rows”.
We decided rather than spend time within the town centre we would walk the walls of the town. We started by the cathedral and then the wall took us by the canal which was built in Victorian times, by the race course, castle, past the roman remains and the back to the cathedral. A good walk. We then visited the cathedral with its splendid Victorian murals and organ before wandering through the town back to the car.