Here is the link to the self guided walking tour I’ve created in Chester, England.
STOP 1- East Gate and East Gate Clock
We start our tour at the Eastgate and Eastgate Clock, where you can climb the stairs on the northeast side to walk along the wall in a clockwise direction. The Eastgate clock was added to the bridge (1899) in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (1897). It is said that Chester’s clock is the second most photographer clock in the UK, after Big Ben of course.
STOP 2- Newgate and Pepper St. Bridge (Exit wall for Roman Amphitheater)
From Eastgate, you can walk along the city walls to the Pepper Street bridge (Newgate). This bridge offers great views of the Roman Amphitheatre to the east. From here you can take the stairs back down to street level, in order to visit the next three stops.
STOP 3- Chester Roman Amphitheatre
This Roman Amphitheatre was built in the 1st century and is currently the largest amphitheatre that has been discovered in the UK. Only a portion of the amphitheatre is uncovered, because the majority of the structure is buried beneath other cultural sites.
STOP 4- Ruins of St. John
The present day ruins reside to the east of the current St.John Baptiste Cathedral. The ruins visible today are the remains of the Norman choir and medieval chapels. If you stand inside the ruins and look to the west you will see an ancient coffin, high up in the stone walls.
STOP 5- Roman Gardens
The Roman Gardens are actually a comprised collection of Roman artifacts that have been unearthed from all over Chester. The collection includes columns and remains of a Roman bath.
STOP 6- City Walls
You can hop back on the city wall from the Pepper Street entrance, and continue the clockwise route around the city walls, towards the fish ladder.
STOP 7- City Walls and Fish Ladder
From this portion of the city walls you can see the river, and the fish ladder that has been built along this section of river.
STOP 8- Chester Castle
Chester castle is a medieval castle, built in 1070. A portion of the castle was rebuilt in 1788-1813 in a neoclassical style. Entry into the castle is free, but if you want to climb the tower for city views, it is 2 pounds.
Stop 9- The Watergate
A beautiful section of the city walls. The “corner” of this section is topped by a very intact tower.
Stop 10- City Walls
Stroll along more of the city walls
Stop 11- City Walls
This section had a falconry, and we were able to catch a few glimpses of the birds.
Stop 12- City Walls (Canal View)
Along this section of the wall, we spied a series of flight locks in the canal. You can get down off the wall and see the locks in action.
Stop 13- King Charles Tower
It is rumoured that King Charles 1 stood in this tower and watched his troops as they were defeated at the Battle of Rowton Heath.
Stop 14- City Walls Cathedral Exit
From Here you can exit the city walls in order to visit Chester Cathedral and the Addleshaw Tower.
Stop 15- Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral is a former Benedictine Monastery, and it is still the seat of the Bishop of Chester. The church has been modified many times, but much of it’s current form originates in 1093. This site has been used since Roman times as a place of Christian worship. In the 1960-1970’s, the bells from the Cathedral were removed and recast before being placed in the Addleshaw Tower near by.
Stop 16- The Addleshaw Tower
In the 1960-1970’s, the bells from the Cathedral were removed and recast before being placed in the Addleshaw Tower near by.
Stop 17- The Eastgate (Back to the beginning)
You have reached the Eastgate, and back where the tour began!