Welcome to Visit Chester Places
The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Chester

Visit Chester PlacesVisit Chester places using Walkfo for free guided tours of the best Chester places to visit. A unique way to experience Chester’s places, Walkfo allows you to explore Chester as you would a museum or art gallery with audio guides.

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Chester is a walled cathedral city in Cheshire, England, on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. It was founded as a Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix in the reign of the Emperor Vespasian in 79 AD. The Angles extended and strengthened the walls to protect the city against the Danes. William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle, to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. When you visit Chester, Walkfo brings Chester places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Chester Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Chester

Visit Chester – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

With 200 audio plaques & Chester places for you to explore in the Chester area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Chester places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Chester history


Chester Roman photo

The Roman Legio II Adiutrix during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian founded Chester in AD 79, as a Roman fort with the name Deva Victrix. A civilian settlement grew around the military base, probably originating from trade with the fortress. The fortress was garrisoned by the legion until at least the late 4th century.


Chester Medieval photo

Deverdoeu was a Welsh name for Chester as late as the 12th century (cf Dyfrdwy, Welsh for the river Dee) Another, attested in the 9th-century History of the Britons, is Cair Legion (“Fort” or “City of the Legion”) This later developed into Caerlleon and then the modern Welsh Caer. In 616, Æthelfrith of Northumbria defeated a Welsh army at the brutal and decisive Battle of Chester.

Early modern period

Chester sided with the royalist cause of King Charles I, but was subdued by Parliamentarians in 1643. The Mayor of Chester, Charles Walley, was removed from office and replaced by William Edwards. Another alderman, Francis Gamull, was ordered to surrender Dee Mills to be demolished.

Industrial history

Chester Industrial history photo

Chester played a significant part in the Industrial Revolution which began in the North West of England in the latter part of the 18th century. The city village of Newtown, located north east of the city and bounded by the Shropshire Union Canal was at the very heart of this industry. Newtown with its cattle market and canal, and Hoole with its railways were responsible for providing the vast majority of workers.

Modern era

Chester Modern era photo

A considerable amount of land in Chester is owned by the Duke of Westminster who owns an estate, Eaton Hall, near the village of Eccleston. Much of Chester’s architecture dates from the Victorian era, many of the buildings being modeled on the Jacobean half-timbered style.

Chester culture & places

Chester Culture photo

The major museum in Chester is the Grosvenor Museum which includes a collection of Roman tombstones. The £37m Storyhouse arts centre opened in the city centre in 2017. Chester Zoo is the UK’s largest zoo with over 11,000 animals in 110 acres of gardens.


Chester has had a professional classical music festival – the Chester Summer Music Festival, since 1967 and regularly from 1978. A major new music festival was launched in March 2013 (previously known as Chester Performs), running annually every summer. Chester Music Society was founded in 1948 as a small choral society. Chester has a brass band that was formed in 1853.


Chester’s newspapers include the weekly paid-for Chester Chronicle and freesheet Chester Standard. Dee 106.3 is the city’s radio station, with Heart North West, Capital North West and Wales also broadcasting locally. Chester is where Channel 4’s soap-opera Hollyoaks is set.

Chester economy & business


Chester Developments photo

In 2007 Chester City Council announced a 10-year plan to see Chester become a ‘must see European destination’ The Northgate Development project began in 2007 with the demolition of St. Martin’s House on the city’s ring road. The project was put on hold in 2008 due to the economic downturn.

Chester geography / climate

Chester Geography photo

Chester lies at the southern end of a 2-mile (3.2 km) Triassic sandstone ridge that rises to a height of 42 m within a natural S-bend in the River Dee (before the course was altered in the 18th century)


Chester has an oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb), typical of the British Isles but more susceptible to cold than the extreme south. The nearest official weather station is at Hawarden Airport, about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the city centre. The absolute maximum temperature recorded was 35.2 °C (95.4 °F) during August 1990.

Why visit Chester with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Chester PlacesYou can visit Chester places with Walkfo Chester to hear history at Chester’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Chester has 200 places to visit in our interactive Chester map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Chester, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Chester places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Chester & the surrounding areas.

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Walkfo: Visit Chester Places Map
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Best Chester places to visit

Chester has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Chester’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Chester’s information audio spots:

Chester photo Countess of Chester Country Park
The Countess of Chester Country Park is a country park in Upton, Chester, Cheshire, England. It is named after the adjacent County of Chester Hospital.
Chester photo Chester Golf Club
Chester Golf Club is located in Curzon Park, Chester, Cheshire. The 18-hole parkland course is contained within a loop of the River Dee. The clubhouse has a licensed bar.
Chester photo Dale Barracks
Dale Barracks is a military installation at Upton near Chester, England. It is located on the outskirts of Upton, near Chester. Dale Barrack is one of the largest military installations in the UK.
Chester photo Newtown, Chester
Newtown is an area of Chester, in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Chester. Newtown is one of the areas in the area of the Cheshire boroughs of Chester and Chester.
Chester photo Old Bank Buildings, Chester
Old Bank Buildings is row of shops and offices in Foregate Street in Chester. It is located in the centre of Foregate St, Chester, on the banks side of the river.
Chester photo County Hall, Chester
County Hall is a former municipal building on Castle Drive in Chester, Cheshire, England. It was the headquarters of Cheshire County Council and is now the Riverside campus of the University of Chester.
Chester photo Chester Crown Court
Chester Crown Court is a judicial facility at Castle Square in Chester, Cheshire. The Grade I listed building forms part of a series of imposing buildings at Chester Castle.
Chester photo Equestrian statue of Viscount Combermere
Equestrian Statue of Viscount Combermere stands on an island in Grosvenor Road, Chester, Cheshire. It commemorates his successful military career, and was made by Carlo Marochetti. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.
Chester photo Chester Raft Race
The Chester Raft Race is an annual charity event taking place every July on the River Dee in Chester. The rafts race against the clock over a quarter mile (400 m) course, starting by the rowing club, and passing under pedestrian suspension bridge.
Chester photo Chester (district)
Chester was a non-metropolitan local government district of Cheshire from 1974 to 2009. It had the status of a city and a borough. Apart from Chester itself, the district covered a large rural area.

Visit Chester plaques

Chester Plaques 40
Chester has 40 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Chester plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Chester using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Chester plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.