We spent the weekend in the beautiful city of Chester. It was May Day weekend which usually means cold, rain and pretty grotty weather here in Britain, but the sun gods were in our side and our little island enjoyed three days of above normal temperatures.
Chester is full of Tudor buildings, as well as other historic dwellings. It’s one of those places where you need to ignore the 21st Century shop fronts, look up and take in the architecture.
The main thoroughfare and shopping area of Chester.
The beautiful cathedral in the centre of Chester. The spring sun was just gorgeous. We didn’t have time to check it out thoroughly, which was a shame. Perhaps on another trip.
Visitors to the city can walk along the ancient city wall that surrounds the centre of Chester. It passes by the canal, the cathedral and eventually drops down to the River Dee. There are fantastic views from the wall and you can see the different buildings through history. Tiny little terraced cottages snuggle next to office buildings, the new bus station sits next door to mid 20th Century houses, ghastly 1960’s carbuncles that should of never left the architects drawing boards, plonked and jar against surrounding buildings. A typical British scene, a mosh mash of architecture telling the history of the town – good and bad. It’s all very interesting.
The lovely River Dee. The sun was out and was hot. The boats were taking people on river tours, the ice cream kiosks doing a brisk trade and people were just sitting enjoying this unusually warm spring. Us Brits have learnt to make the most of it – after all, this could be our summer!
A few hours later after this photo was taken, the heavens opened and it rained solidly for several hours. Our good old fickle British weather!
Chester is a lovely place to explore and we hardly touched it. Well worth another visit!