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Weekend away in beautiful Chester

Are you looking for a staycation? Here is a complete guide to our weekend away in beautiful Chester!

Chester sits within the Cheshire region surrounded by the Roman Walls in the northwest of England near the border of Wales. It was founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st Century A.D. The city is known for its iconic blank-and-white Tudor-style timber buildings. It is most famous for the Chester Rows, which are 2-story buildings standing on top of street front stores. Along the Rows houses many boutique shops and cafes but unfortunately, a lot of them were also closed. However, the views from up there were even better. Particularly handy for our rainy weekend!

The most iconic spot of the town in the heart of Chester

Getting there…

We caught an early train from London Euston on Saturday morning. 2 hours also later, we arrived at Chester train station. Then it’s either a 20min walk or 5min taxi ride into the town centre. Needless to say, we went with the 5min option straight to our hotel. We stayed here, just minutes walk from the hustles and bustles of Chester. It was also opposite a highly popular pub that is famous for some paranormal activities… more on this in the next post! 🙂

Things to do…

The best and only way to fully appreciate the beauty of this town is on your own two feet. As you’d want to be able to stop every two minutes for photos. So get your camera ready and follow me…

First stop, head to the city centre and admire the buildings. Climb up the stairs and walk along the Chester Rows. The view is definitely better from up there. Take some shots for Instagram! Lol…

chester rows cheshire black and white timber architecture
The black-and-white timber facade of the Chester Rows
Chester Rows balcony view
View from inside the Rows

Outfit Details:  Extra fine Merino Jumper // Chloe handbag

Chester town centre street entertainers
Street entertainers setting up their band in the town centre.

Next up, head towards Eastgate to admire the Eastgate Clock Tower. This is one of the most prominent landmarks in Chester. It is said that this clock is the most photographed clock in England after Big Ben!

Chester Eastgate Clock Tower
Wait for the right moment and you’ll get the whole place to yourself!!

Climb up to the top of the tower for a closer look at the Clock and get a birds-eye view of this stunning city. If you are lucky, you will be greeted by a kind gentleman and his paintings. Pick one up for a souvenir because it is gorgeous.

Eastgate Clock Chester Cheshire

Outfit details: Polo Ralph Lauren jumper // Uniqlo Corduroy skirt (similar) // Thigh high boots

View eastgate clock
Bird’s eye view of Chester town on top of the Eastgate Clock tower. Even more stunning at sunset!
metal fence detail on Eastgate Bridge
Gorgeous metal fence detail on Eastgate Bridge
The town is buzzing!

Once you’ve had enough of the view, continue on from the top of the tower towards Chester Cathedral. Look at that architecture… isn’t it breathtaking?! They also host many concerts and exhibitions here. From what I can see on the internet, the interior is equally beautiful. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to witness it as it was closed when we were there.

Chester Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral and is a Grade I-listed building

chester cathedral church window details
Alan standing in front of the Cathedral doorway. I love the details on the window!
black and white tudor building chester cathedral
A picturesque neighbourhood surrounding the cathedral.
romantic in the rain chester
isn’t this romantic? Or is it just me?! haha…

When you are hungry, head back into town and pick up a roast pork Yorkypud from The York Roast Co. This is the best invention ever and a must-have! It is basically a Sunday roast wrapped inside a massive Yorkshire pudding. You can thank me later!

Our British friends tell us that Chester is ‘the Essex’ of the North, aka posh. It is true. There is a high-end jewellery and watch store on just about every corner we turned. Gentlemen dressed up in fancy suits and ladies in party dresses and Chanel handbags for a night out. The nightlife in Chester sure is colourful… including paranormal colourfulness! But I will save this for the next post! 🙂

Bye for now… by J

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  1. Chantel Elizabeth says:

    Looks like something out of a fairytale! So stunning! I will definitely be adding Chester to my bucket list of destinations! ☺️

    1. Thank you… absolutely!! It’s a must!! 😊

    2. Definitely. It is even more magical in person!! Thank you for reading and commenting… xx J

  2. Oh wow! Your post craves me to go there. Awesome pictures.

    1. Thank you! Yes, you must! 🙂

  3. Chester is one of my favourite places in the UK, I used to visit with my Grandparents. Lovely photos!

    1. Awww… that just makes Chester even more special!! Thank you for reading. xx

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