I’ve spent so much time in this city that I now call it home. I think sometimes we can forget how beautiful places are and take them for granted when you see them almost daily. So with that, I decided to get out and explore some of my favourite things to do in Chester and remind myself what I love about the place so much.
At the moment I don’t visit as much as I used to as we are living in the countryside surrounding Chester rather then in the city. However, we plan to move into the city centre permanently either next year or in 2019 to settle down and grow old within the walls.
Chester is such a lovely place, with it’s rivers, atmosphere and historic roman stories there is definitely magic for everyone there whether you are 6 years old or 60 years old. We regularly see the school children out on their roman tours or the older generation in their coach loads arriving for a well overdue shopping spree.
If you are having a down day I would highly recommend hitting up the city centre Starbucks and then making your way down to the river front and sitting on the steps. Watching the people, the ducks, the buzz of the front always seems to cheer me up, make me smile and reminds me of the little joys in life.
At the moment living away in the countryside has it’s blessings. It’s quiet, there’s plenty of space and I can wander around with the dogs as much as I like without as much fear as I usually have. Although at present, I’m confined to the house as I am unable to leave the house alone… which is kind of a pain. I managed once last week to pick the kids up from school but haven’t been able to go out again yet, hopefully tomorrow morning as I’m meeting my new blogger friend Nadia for breakfast in Chester.
You should 100% take a stroll down by the river as mentioned earlier when the weather plays ball it’s so buzzing that it can lift even the darkest of moods. I love the chip stall there too. Great for a chilly autumn afternoon walk. I also love walking the walls of Chester.
I haven’t made time to take a stroll along the walls for a fair few months now and I’m looking forward to the next time. It’s a great way to view the city and means you can get from one side to the other fairly quickly and see amazing sights at the same time. Winner really. There are a few detours at the moment though as they are making repairs. Roman walls can’t be expected to live forever can they?
There is an abundance of ways to fill your stomach in Chester. There are cafes, restaurants, bars in every direction you look and of all possibilities to get your appetite going. I’m an early bird so the idea of an early morning breakfast/brunch treat excites me a lot more then a late night feast with cocktails. Maybe it’s because I don’t like crowds, or loud noise or people… (not all people obviously, if you get the same feelings you’ll know what I mean by that). There are so many little breakfast spots that have popped up recently that it can be hard to pin down one place to go.
Hickory’s has always been one of my favourites. Not only do they do pancakes, bacon and maple syrup yum, they are situated right on the river front which is my favourite place to be. Be aware that you do have to book some days though as it can get ridiculously busy, especially in the Summer months when everyone wants to go out for breakfast.
I’m going to be exploring a relatively new place tomorrow. The Flower Cup has been around for a little while now and I’ve been meaning to pop in since the place opened. Describing themselves as the first botanical coffee shop, living within the famous rows of Chester, they look like they jumped straight out of Instagram. I for one am very excited to visit and get some cliche blogger photographs for the blog and social media.
Another thing I’ve found I’ve appreciated as I’ve grown older is history. I actually studied history at school and was absolutely obsessed with it. I love discovering the history of places, what makes the place, what secrets the buildings hold. And it’s a pleasure to live within reach of a city that ticks all of the historic boxes having been built as a roman fort for their army camps almost 2000 years ago.
The last place I’m going to tell you about is where we spent most of the Summer of 2016. Playing a popular augmented reality game with our two children walking around Grosvenor Park was a must. The beautiful lawns, the plantation, the statues and even the wooden style play area is so well maintained that you can go anytime of year and have a great time wandering around the greenery. Even the domesticated squirrels running across your feet doesn’t put a dampener on the place. Advice: take a dog, or two.
Plus the park is right next to the river and if you walk through you’ll be outside the recently restored city baths and a two minute walk to the city centre. What a perfectly placed little park I must say.
What are your favourite things about where you live? I’m hoping to start writing more exploration posts as they are something that I’ve always enjoyed doing when I had previous blogs. Let me know where you’d like me to explore next. What do you want to know about a place? Tourist attractions, places to eat, historical facts? Let me know!
– Emma –
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