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Chester Raft Race 2013

Midsummer Watch Parade 2013

Giants Parade 2013

Roman Weekend 2012

The Queen at Chester Zoo

Chester is a city located in the North West of the UK.  This website is devoted to Chester, in photographs and video, and information about the city, modern and historic.

Chester is a place where history and modern life coexist. The only city in Britain that has a complete city wall, it has a comprehensive shopping district housed in the old medieval streets. Shops can be found on two levels, known as "The Rows". The city can trace it's roots back to the Romans in 79AD, standing on the Welsh border it has been of strategic importance, militarily and economically, for centuries.

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Today Chester is a financial centre. A number of important commercial institutions have administrative offices in the city.  And it still stands as a gateway into the beautiful country of North Wales and to Ireland beyond. It is a great place to stay and explore both the city itself and the wonders of North Wales and Englands North West. There are a number of comfortable hotels located within and on the outskirts and transport links are easy by road and rail.

Ineteractive MapTo get an impression of the city of Chester browse these pages, or dip into the pictures using the thumbnail collection on the right. This collection is a random selection of photographs that changes each time a new page is viewed. Or look at the video to get a short snapshot of what the Chester photograph gallery and the city have to offer.

The old Dee bridge, Chester

Chester: History, Photographs and Video

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In the Chester pages you will find more detailed information about the city. It's origins and evolution

Chester:an introduction: sets the scene for the following pages about this historic city.
Chester Map: An interactive map of the city centre with photgraphs of Chester, wall access information and car parks.
Chester: Things to do in Chester: A compilation of places to visit in and around the city.
Chester:The Roman Period: gives a brief illustrated history of the period when Chester was an important hub on the outer fringes of the Roman Empire, illustrated with photographs of modern ChesterChester Town Crier and "Mini Me"
Chester: The Dark Ages: an illustrated look at the history of Chester and it's walls in the context of events that shaped England in the Dark Ages. The strengthening of the walls, the stablishment of churches and the plundering by Viking raiders.
Chester:The River Dee: here you will find information about the river Dee and it's importance to the growth of Chester and as a picturesque haven from the bustle of everyday life
Chester Rows: Chester's city centre is home to the unique Row's. A two level arrangement of shops and buildings that are an essential part of the history and fabric of Chester. Here you will find a brief history, descriptrion and pictures of this phenomenon.
Chester Cathedral: Chester's Cathedral nestles into the medieval street pattern of the walled city. A brief history of the church, the building and it's preservation over the centuries.
Chester Photographs: A brief explanation of the photographic gallery at the core of this web site.
Chester:a video portrait: A short video of Chester using images from the picture gallery.The Gallery of Chester Photographs

The galleries are a photographic portrait of the city. They convey something of the accessible beauties of the city and some more obscure places that need a little more time to discover.

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The Olympic Torch on it's 70 day relay around the UK visited Chester on the night of the 29th May.

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Chester Day of Dance

Three groups of folk dancers descended on Chester on the 24th March 2012 for what was billed as the Chester Day of Dance.

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Marking the launch of the annual Chester Food and Drink Festival. The Chester Cheese rolling competition was held in Bridge Street on a sunny February 21st.

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Chester lies on the Dee river that rises near Bala in North Wales.

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Founded in 1931 by George Mottershead. Chester Zoo is now the one of the foremost Zoos in Europe. Growing from it's original 9 acres around Oakfield House.

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Chester's Rows are a unique feature of the city centre. Their origin is hotly disputed but a substantial part of what was once a more extensive doubled layered medieval shopping district survives.

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Chester Cathedral stands within the north eastern quarter. Much of the decoration dates from 19th century renovations. There has been a church on the site since the 10th century.

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Chester is the only city in the UK with a complete circuit of city walls still, more or less, intact. The walls first appeared as the perimeter fortifications for the Roman fort.

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River Dee Raft Race 2011

THe 36th annual Raft Race on the River Dee organised by the Rotary Club with the theme of "The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly". In aid of "The Hospce of the Good Shepherd".

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Chester Mystery Plays-Creation

As part of the years Chestival season. A shortened version of one of the Chester Mystery Plays was performed for the second year in the Amphitheatre. This time it was the Creation cycle. A sequence using a backdrop of a large video screen with dance, music and song.

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As a historic but modern city, Chester has many attractions to entice the visitor. You can spend time investigating Chester history by touring Chester Walls, by visiting the Chester Visitor Centre, The Grosvenor Museum or the Dewa Roman Experience. By sight seeing at Chesters Medieval Cathedral and touring Chester Rows the historic shopping streets with their unique double levels of street side shops. 

Foregate Street, ChesterShopping is one of the Chester attractions particularly well served. As a visitor destination Chester shops cater for all with a wide selection of national and local retailers providing everything from fashion to food. In addition to the fabulous Rows there are two modern shopping centres. The Grosvenor Shopping Centre is embedded within the historic rows and the Forum Shopping Centre gives access to Chester Indoor Market where there are butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, fruit and vegetable merchants, clothing and more.

Chester Forum Shopping Centre and Town Hall Square

Chester has a vibrant night life with many bars, pubs, restaurants and night clubs. A walk along Watergate Street and it's rows will reveal a number of welcoming bars and restaurants serving a variety of food from around the world.  On nearly every street in Chester you will find a different eating establishment to wet your appetite. At present for film entertainnment the only city cinema is the Cineworld cinema on the Greyhound Retail Park on the outskirts or the Vu cinema at Cheshire Oaks on the outskirts of Ellesmere Port.

Chester Tour BusVisitors can take advantage of number of tour buses that circulate throughout the city. Giving a narrative as they progress. These link up with boats on the river in the Groves where you can take a trip along the River Dee.

One of Chester's main attractions is Chester racecourse. Near the city centre and river on a stretch of land called the Roodee. In addition to the racing callendar there are many annual events hosted on the Racecourse like horse jumping, vintage car ralleys, circuses and firework spectaculars, as there are in and around the streets of the city centre itself. Events like the Roaming the Rows street art project.

St Peters Churchyard, Chester

On the outskirts of the city lies Chester Zoo. Home to over 7000 animals it is the UK's largest Zoological gardens. A great destination for any weather.

Beyond Chester there are the delights of North Wales, The Cheshire plains, the Wirral and Liverpool and Manchester to explore. Chester lends itself as a great centre for exploring England's North West. 

At Ellesmere Port 8miles(13km) from Chester is Cheshire Oaks a large retail outlet. The Boat Museum devoted to the history of the extensive canal network in the area. And Blue Planet Aquarium which features a huge walk through aquarium.


Click here for a more thorough list of things to see in Chester

Friends of Chester Market


Chester Photograph Galleries

Setting the Scene

Chester: The walls

Chester: The rows


Chester Zoo Gallery

Chester: River and Canal

More gallery information

Video presentation of a selection of gallery content

Useful Links

The official Chester tourist guide

The official Chester tourist site

Chester a virtual stroll around the walls

An information packed site about the heritage of Chester and guided walks

River boat trips and open top bus tours of Chester

River trips and open top bus tours of Chester

Chester wiki

More information about modern and historical Chester


Photo Blog Directory

Photo Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

Photo Store

Chester photo store

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Chester Raft Race 2013

Chester Raft Race 2013

Midsummer Watch Parade 2013

Midsummer Watch Pareda 2013

Giants Parade 2013

Chester The Giant City 2013

The Queen at Chester Zoo

The Queen at Chester Zoo

Marathon 2011

Pepper Street

Dinosaurs at Chester Zoo

Dinosaurs at Chester Zoo

Midsummer Watch 2011

Midsummer Watch Parade 2011

Roman Weekend 2011


NWM Easter Boat Gathering

Boats on their way to the NWM Easter Gathering

Rhino Mania

Rhino Mania

The Silver Man at The Cross, Chester

The Silver Man at The Cross