Chester City Walls, Chester

Chester City Walls, Chester (must see)

The Chester City Walls were built by Romans when the Deva Victrix fortress was established between 70 and 80 ADE. The walls were built as defensive structures, but took more than 100 years to complete. The construction was carried out using sandstone and a wooden palisade.

The walls were expanded after the Norman conquest. The full circuit was completed in the mid-12th century. The walls were severely damaged during the English Civil War, after which they were no longer needed for defense.

The city chose to repair the walls for recreational use in 1707. The gates were rebuilt with wider arches to allow more walkers to use the walls. A number of steps were also added to make walking easier for pedestrians. The Chester City Walls form a walkway of about 1.8 miles.

The city walls continue to be a primary tourist attraction in the city. This is largely due to the fact that the walls are the oldest in all of Britain. They are also the most complete and the longest city walls in the country.

Those who wish to walk along the walls can access them from one of four main gateways. These gateways are Northgate, Eastgate, Watergate and Bridgegate. The walls are also accessible by steps and some accessible ramps in the city. Visitors should plan their entry points in advance as water damage regularly causes closures of certain areas.

The city walls regularly undergo repair projects in order to maintain the safety of walkers.

Why You Should Visit:
- To see the largest and oldest city walls in Britain
- To have an excellent view of the city from multiple vantage points

Chester Walls are open throughout the year with open and free access.

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Chester City Walls on Map

Sight Name: Chester City Walls
Sight Location: Chester, England (See walking tours in Chester)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Chester, England

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

Create Your Own Walk in Chester

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Chester's City Walls

Chester's City Walls

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles