Chester's Roman wall collapses after digging work
On Thursday 16th January 2020 a small section of the East City Walls to the rear of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre collapsed. The section has been cordoned off.
Map of Chester
Key City Walls Shops Parkland and open spaces Google Map of Chester
Hotels in the City Centre
The Chester Grosvenor Eastgate Chester CH1 1LT
Blossoms Hotel St John Street Chester CH1 1HL
Crowne Plaza Trinity Street Chester CH1 2BD
Express By Holiday Inn, Chester Race Course, Chester, CH1 2LY
Parking in the City Centre
The new 351 space Delamere Street Car Park in Chester is now open.
New Hoole Bridge Public Car Park 24 hour parking for Chester Railway Staton.
Crewe Street Car Park has closed
Gorse Stacks Car Park is now closed
Racecourse 500 Spaces Pay on Entry
Watergate (Crane Street) 128 Spaces Pay & Display (restricted height)
Trinity Street 148 Spaces Pay & Display
Garden Lane 126 Spaces Pay & Display
St Anne Street (Brook Street) Street 137 Spaces Pay & Display
Tesco Supermarket 550 Pay on Exit
Browns Yard NCP 60 Spaces Pay on Exit (24 Hours Unrestricted Height)
Frodsham Street Spaces 82 Pay & Display
Pepper Street NCP Spaces 288 Pay on Exit
Northgate Arena Spaces 210 Pay on Exit
Market (Princess Street) Car Park Pay and Display (Restricted to car height, Pay on Foot, 1.9m Locked 11:30pm to 6:30am)
Cuppin Street Short Stay Pay and Display Car Park
Newgate Street Car Park
Little Roodee Car and Coach Park (Unrestricted Height, Locked at Night)
Coach Drop Off Points
There are three coach drop off points in the City Centre.
1 - Junction of Northgate Street and Princess Street outside the old Odean Cinema
2 - Grosvenor Street
3 - Foregate Street outside of Argos
Blue Badge Parking
Hamilton Place CH1 2BG 9 Spaces Free 4 hour parking for Blue Badge holders
Frodsham Street 82 Spaces
Private Car Parks
Linnenhall Car Park 250+ Spaces New Crane Street CH1 2LP
Pay and Display 50 Spaces Canal Street Chester CH1 4EJ
Free after Three 2017
The scheme will be replaced at a future date as of November 2017. At the moment the scheme will continue on the selected car parks
Park and Ride Christmas service 2017
Chester Park and Ride will be providing an extended service over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
The times that the last bus will leave from the city centre throughout the holiday period are below. Normal service applies on dates not stated.
Thursday 16 November: 9pm (Christmas lights switch on)
Thursday 23 November 2017: 9pm
Thursday 30 November 2017: 9pm
Thursday 7 December 2017: 9pm
Thursday 14 December 2017: 9pm
Monday 18 December 2017: 9pm
Tuesday 19 December 2017: 9pm
Wednesday 20 December 2017: 9pm
Thursday 21 December 2017: 9pm
Friday 22 December 2017: 9pm
Sunday 24 December 2017: 5.15pm
Sunday 31 December 2017: 5.15pm
Chester Park and Ride will not operate on the following dates:
Monday 25 December 2017
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Monday 1 January 2018
1st December 2015
Chester car parks to switch from pay and display to pay on exit .
Car Park affected: Chester Market, Trinity Street, Watergate Street, Little Roodee, Garden Lane and Brook Street.
Free Parking After 3pm
NCP Car Park Information
English over 60's bus passes may be used with restrictions
Please click on a location for more information
Parking More Information
A map of the City of Chester (Roman name Deva), which is located in the northwest of England on the border of England and Wales. The Romans founded the city in 43AD by the second legion, at the lowest bridgeable point in a defensive bend in the River Dee.
The Romans first constructed a wooden and earth fortress to house the invading legion. The fortress was then replaced by a fortress built out of the local sandstone. Parts of the original fortress wall and ditch can still be seen in places. The Romans occupied the fortress to subdue Wales, Northern England and possibly Ireland until the fifth century. After the Romans left the fortress went into decline and much of the stone was robbed for Saxon buildings. The walls were extended in Saxon times, to increase the area of protection and also because the River Dee was retreating.
In 875 the remains of St Werburgh were transferred to the City from Hanbury for safe keeping when the Danish invasions started. A shrine was built to house the remains and the City became a place of pilgrimage.
In Norman times a castle was added on a sand stone hill in the south west of area inside the walls. A Norman Abbey was founded in the northwest of the City.
Chester because a busy port again in medieval times. The Water Tower and Spur Wall were added to keep watch over the port of Chester. The City retained some of the Roman street plan e.g. Northgate Street, Eastgate Street, Watergate Street, Bridge Street. The Old Dee Bridge was constructed of local sandstone to the south of the city.
The Kateyard Gate was added to allow the monks access to the kale plants growing outside the walls.
In the 16th Century the River Dee began to silt up and ships could no longer reach the port. The development of the City was frozen as trade switched to other ports like Liverpool. The area recovered from the River was used for horse racing. Today it is the oldest racecourse in the country. The Abbey was closed and became a Cathedral. It retained is cloisters, but the Werburgh shrine was smashed up. The Abbey Gateway was retained and is visible today.
During the English Civil war the City was on the side of the king. After the Battle of Rowton Moor in 1645 the city was under siege. The walls and city were pounded by cannon and grenades. When it surrendered the High Cross was taken down and hidden, churches were damaged.
In the eighteenth Century the four medieval gateways Northgate, Watergate. Bridgegate, Eastgate were pulled down and replaced by arches to allow more traffic into the city. The Shropshire Union canal was added, which used in places the Roman defensive fortress ditch.
The Grosvenor Bridge was added, and it the time was the longest single span bridge in the world. Industrial areas and domestic housing sprang up outside the city walls. All of Chester Castle was demolished apart from the keep and rebuilt. The Castle gateway was rebuilt in the Greek style.
In the 1960's the Victorian Market Hall was demolished and replaced.
The High Cross was restored to its original position only in the 1970's.
In the 1980's and 1990's parts of the city centre were pedestrianised.
After the millennium the Roman Gardens were re-modelled. And the Roman Amphitheatre was re-excavated.
Mail Order Maps from Chester City Council Chester Tourism
Chester City Council stock a wide range of saleable maps and guides to help you enjoy your visit to the historic city and get the most out of your stay. Chester is also the ideal touring base, perfect for exploring North Wales and Wirral and the County towns of Cheshire and we stock several titles on these areas.
All maps and guides are despatched by 1st class return post to ensure a fast, efficient service.
Other Chester Guides
Rough Guide LTD Chester Destination Guide
A map of Olde Tyme Chester
A Clickable Map of the Walls
An Old Map of Chester's City Walls
Walk the Walls