Explore Chester city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Chester's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Voted Europe’s fifth prettiest city by Americans, Chester is over 2000 years old and has the oldest race course, the largest Roman Amphitheatre, and the most complete set of Town Walls in the country. Under a Tudor law it is supposedly illegal for Welshmen to enter Chester after nightfall. Henry Gee was mayor of Chester in 1540 when he cancelled the Traditional Shrove Tuesday football game and replaced it with a horse race. His surname is where we get the informal name for race horses – Gee-Gees.
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1. Castle to Cathedral - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From Chester’s ancient castle you walk along the City Walls, with impressive views to the west. Next meander along the beautiful riverside before heading up through delightful gardens. Into the city now, and Bridge Street with its famous Chester Rows. Round a church and up to Northgate past the imposing 19th century Town Hall. Up onto the walls again, before descending to circle the cathedral, and finish in its gardens.
1.5 hoursOK but diversion maybe needed
2. Cathedral to River Dee - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Leaving the cathedral grounds you quickly pass under the City Walls at Eastgate, with its world famous clock. Down an historic street, before ascending the Walls once more, with fabulous views of river and gardens. From here you traverse an ancient Roman Amphitheatre, pass a semi-ruined church and a delightful park, before walking leisurely down to the River Dee – somewhere to play, promenade or picnic.
1 hourNot suitable
Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.
"Excellent service. Excellent walks. I never knew how much there was too see and do in Chester, until I'd completed these walks. Tiring, but exhilarating!"
Latest Revision : September 2020