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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 Cathedral Falconry and Gardens, Chester

Chester Cathedral Falconry and Gardens
A truly memorable day out for all the family, best enjoyed on sunny days to ensure the falconry aerial show is not cancelled. The staff are wonderful, knowledgeable and very friendly. There are three different types of bird of prey to see, and for just a few pounds, you can observe them in all their natural glory during an hour long demonstration. Very cheap entry. Stunning Setting. Great Staff. Breathtaking birds. An unforgettable Experience.

tel: 01244699053

address: 12 Abbey Square, Chester. CH1 2HU.

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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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St. John the Baptist, Chester

St. John the Baptist
This active Anglican Church on Vicar's Lane was built in 1886, outside of the City Walls, upon a cliff beside the River Dee. This Grade I listed building is said to be the finest example of 11th - 12th Century church architecture in Cheshire. The original Cathedral of Chester, this wonderful building still contains a great deal of charm and history, and the Rector and other staff are more than happy to show you around. With a small shop, lovely cafe, and nice location beside the river, St. John the Baptist's Church is well worth a visit.

tel: 01244403634

address: Vicar

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Statue of Minerva, Chester

Statue of Minerva
This Grade I listed attraction has suffered considerable weathering over the centuries. Completed in the early part of the second century, this Shrine to the Roman Goddess Minerva was carved into the face of the Sandstone Quarry. Minerva herself was the Goddess of War, Knowledge and Craftsmanship, and her shrine was placed here on the old main Roman road into Fort Deva. In an attempt to protect her from the elements, a stone hood and surround was added in the 19th Century and refurbished in the 20th Century.

address: Handbridge Park, Chester.

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St. Peter

St. Peter's Church, Chester

St. Peter
This Grade I listed active Anglican Church, was founded in A.D. 907 and is Chester's oldest Church. Standing on top of the old Roman Praetorium (Headquarters), it's central location and unusual square shape, is both a visual treat, and convenient peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the City. This is an interesting historic building that is free to enter, with beautiful architecture, a quiet room, and a reasonably priced cafe.

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tel: 01244403634

address: Chester, Cheshire.

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Eastgate and Eastgate Clock, Chester

Eastgate and Eastgate Clock
Here sat the entrance to the Roman Fort Deva Victrix. The original gate was guarded by a timber tower which was later replaced by a stone tower around the second century. The current sandstone structure dates from 1768. In 1899 the clock was added to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria two years earlier. It is said to be the most photographed clock in England after Big Ben, and both the gate and clock have been designated as a Grade I listed building.

address: Eastgate Street, Chester.

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Chester Castle, Chester

Chester Castle
In the main castle complex you will find the remaining parts of the medieval castle and the neoclassical buildings, built between 1788 and 1813, and used today as Crown Courts and the Military Museum. Chester Castle was originally built in 1070 but no longer remains due to an enormous fire that almost entirely destroyed the castle during the 18th Century. All that remains is Agricola's Tower, the original entrance way, the Chapel of St. Mary De Costa situated above it, the guardroom beside it, and the impressive ramparts.

address: Grosvenor Street, English Heritage, Chester. CH1 2DN.

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Grosvenor Garden Centre, Chester

Grosvenor Garden Centre
You will find yourself visiting Grosvenor Garden Centre time and time again. Boasting an excellent cafe, with a quite stunning selection of cakes that taste as good as they look. There is a small children's outdoor play area beside the cafe and excellent shopping facilities containing all your horticulture and lifestyle needs, assisted by polite and knowledgeable staff. Grosvenor Garden centre offers a genuine leisure experience whilst achieving the highest standards of excellence in customer services, plant quality, and product choice.

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tel: 01244625200

address: Grosvenor Garden Centre, Wrexham Road, Belgrave, Chester. CH4 9EB.

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Telford

Telford's Warehouse, Chester

Telford
This Grade II listed building located between Raymond Street and Tower Wharf in Chester, is an independently run free house, bar, restaurant and renowned music arts venue. With a fine selection of European beers, cask conditioned ales and an extensive wine list, a large variety of live gigs and other events, including dance classes and seasonal entertainment, there is something here for all tastes in a great location beside the canal. Add to this wonderful food, good service and excellent prices, and you have found yourself a real gem.

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tel: 01244390090

address: Telford

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