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Waun Llyn Country Park, Caergwrle

Waun Llyn Country Park
A country park with a mix of industrial heritage, open countryside and farmers fields; that boasts breathtaking views. The Waun y Llyn quarry was worked in the 19th/20th century for its hard silica sandstone, which was carried down the hillside by trams to Coed Talon. The remains of the quarry are noticeable as are the remains of the tramway. Ramble through the heather and bilberry, stopping at the Toposcope, then walk down along the boardwalk to the pond.

address: A short distance from Hope, Coed Talon and Caergwrle, just off the A541 Wrexham-Mold road

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Caergwrle Castle, Caergwrle

Caergwrle Castle
Is a grade 1 listed, 13th Century castle. Park in the centre of the village and the castle is a short walk from this, up a steep footpath next to the town’s cenotaph; although tarmac up to a point, the footpath becomes a dirt track which may be difficult for wheelchair access. It is a pleasant walk through the woods and children will enjoy running around the small ruins. In the 16th century a quarry opened below the castle cliffs, digging so far into the hillside that part of the castle collapsed into it therefore there is a steep drop.

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address: Wrexham Rd, Caergwrle, Wrexham LL12 9DG

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Honey’s Bakery and café, Caergwrle

Honey’s Bakery and café
When in Ceargwrle an absolute ‘must’ is a visit to Honeys bakery and café. Tucked away next to Caergwrle train station is an absolute gem of a café. There is plenty of parking and both inside and outside seating alongside the pretty River Alyn. The menu is unusual but a real treat, and offers customers the opportunity to try a range of freshly baked brioche bread rolls and savoury buns stuffed and baked with an assorted range of interesting fillings. There are also tasty cakes and ice creams and a good range of drinks.

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tel: 07443602696

address: Honeys Bakery Bridge End Caergwrle WREXHAM LL12 9DT

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Grosvenor Park, Chester

Grosvenor Park
Located next to the river Dee but in close proximity to the city Grosvenor Park is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours relacing with your family. The gardens are really well kept - there are a few benches scattered throughout but recommed taking a blanket as it can get busy when the weather is good. Plenty of open space to play games and there is a small swing park. The minature railway is a huge hit with the kids and is very reasonably priced - it takes you on a circuit round the lake.

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tel: 01244 402 397

address: Grosvenor Park, off Union Street, Chester

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Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Grosvenor Museum
Founded in 1885 The Grosvenor Museum houses a collection of Roman Tombstones, paintings and musical instruments. History is brought to life with a town house from the 17th century, a victorian kitchen and a Georgian drawing room. The education service on the top floor is a great for the kids to learn about the history of chester. Admission to the museum is free.

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tel: 01244 972197

address: Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD

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Chester Library, Chester

Chester Library
A well stocked library in the centre of Chester close to the Town Hall, Cathedral and indoor market. The Library offers a range of activities and services. For the kids there are story and rhyme times and for you various reading and writing group sessions.

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tel: 01244 977 380

address: Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF

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Chester Roman Amphitheatre, Chester

Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Free to enter during daylight hours, this impressive and historic Roman Amphitheatre is the largest in Britain; often manned by tour guides dressed in Roman outfits, this Grade I listed building is well worth a visit. Dating from the 1st Century when the Roman Fort of Deva Victrix was founded, it is said to have been originally used for combat sports including animal fighting, and gladiatorial battles. In use during much of the Roman occupation, it finally fell into disuse around the year 350.

tel: 0370 333 1181

address: English Heritage, Roman Amphitheatre, Chester CH1 2BN

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Chester Walls, Chester

Chester Walls
Built at the same time as the Roman Amphitheatre at the Roman Fort of Deva Victrix, these solid walls were built to defend the City of Chester from attack. Beginning life as a simple mound of earth and wooden palisade in 70AD, a Sandstone structure was added around 100AD. Little is known about the walls during the Roman Occupation, but after the Norman Conquest of William the Conqueror, these walls were extended to entirely encompass the medieval City, most likely completed in the middle of the 12th Century.

tel: 0845 647 7868

address: Official Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ.

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The Groves, Chester

The Groves
On the North side of the River Dee, this scenic stretch of Chester is home to benches and pleasant walkways, a lovely bandstand, a suspension bridge, the Boathouse Pub on the riverfront, Bithell Boats and Chesterboats offering various boat trips and private hire pedalos, Chester Roman Gardens, the Blue Moon Cafe, Ice Cream Shops, the Grove Villa Bed and Breakfast (01244 349713) and much more to be enjoyed during walks by the river and through the neighbouring fields.

address: The Groves. Chester. CH1 1SD.

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Chester Roman Gardens, Chester

Chester Roman Gardens
Dating from the 1950's, this beautiful Roman Garden design was created to display finely carved building fragments from the Roman Legionary Fort of Deva. Those included fragments of the main Roman bath house, and military headquarters. The City Wall running alongside the garden is part of the Norman Extension, added around the 12th Century. Interestingly, more recent repairs can be seen where the unweathered masonry sits, showing where parliamentary cannon breached the wall whilst attacking troops inside loyal to King Charles I (1646).

address: Pepper Street, Chester. CH1 1DQ.

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