Chester Area Guide

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Local Area Guide from Reeds Rains Chester, CheshireLocal Area Guide from Reeds Rains Chester, Cheshire

Chester is a picturesque city full to the brim with history and character. Situated along the river Dee, you are never too far away from a reminder that you are living in a city that has existed for over 2000 years, and it is easy to see why, even today, this city is still thriving.  

Chester, a picturesque city on the River Dee, is steeped in history. The Roman city walls are a draw for tourists from all over the world. The popularity of the city has made it a sought after property hub with overseas investors and developers financing redevelopment projects and driving conservation of local buildings by repurposing the stunning traditional buildings for modern day dwellings and retail spaces.

Chester is an excellent destination for shopping with many major retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Zara and Jo Malone all being located on the high street. If you are looking for something a little more unique or bespoke, Chester will not disappoint as there are a plethora of boutique and independent shops too. The 700-year-old two tiered shopping galleries, The Rows, date back to the Medieval era. Home to outstanding eateries and drinking establishments, they are a testament to the heritage of the area whilst also showing the diversity of the new breed of traders in the city.

Famous for being the home of Chester Racecourse, or the Roodee, as it is also known. It is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest course with races dating back to the 16th century. A trip to Chester Racecourse would not be complete without booking a table at 1539. This superb restaurant serves delicious food, coupled with the floor to ceiling windows, which overlook the racecourse, creates a stunning backdrop for any special occasion.

Sharing the border with Wales, Chester is conveniently located to key travel routes and has outstanding transport links. A 10 minute drive to the north takes you to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and a further 20 minute drive north will take you to Liverpool via The Birkenhead or Wallasey Tunnel.

The City of Chester is very diverse and has a variety of housing, from £25,000 shared ownership homes to £2million properties. If you are looking to rent, studios are typically let for around £400pcm or if a city centre apartment is more your style, these tend to rent for £1400-1500pcm. Long lets are the norm, with the more affordable properties being unfurnished. Students to professionals, families and retirees all enjoy this historic and bustling city.