Enjoy a Marvellous Day Out in Chester on the Mid Cheshire Line
The Lord Mayor of Chester says:
“A warm welcome awaits you at Chester which is steeped in history and tradition.
You will find lots of interesting things to do including exploring 2000 years of history, spectacular shopping, culture, entertainment and great places to eat and drink”.
In our Marvellous Days Out booklet, John Hulme says:
Back in the 1960s, the western terminus of our Line was the two 100-yard platforms of Chester Northgate Station.
In October 1969, Northgate Station was closed and the Mid Cheshire Line services were diverted at Mickle Trafford into Chester General.
This is the current terminus of the Mid Cheshire Line and now provides onward connections to North Wales and Liverpool as well as other destinations including Cardiff, Crewe, London and the North Cheshire Line out to Warrington via Helsby and Frodsham.
From the station, it is a 15-minute walk into Chester or you can catch the Rail Link bus from outside the station.
Chester is a classic, contemporary city full of history with many treasures to find.
Its two-tiered rows and cobbled streets make it a unique destination for shopping with all the big names alongside many independent shops.
It is also a great place for eating out with a vast choice of cafés, restaurants and bars.
My memories of Chester include walking around the City Walls – which is one of the best ways of exploring the city.
The city is entirely surrounded by its soft freestone walls and is the most perfect example of such fortifications in the United Kingdom.
With a paved walk on top, sometime 40 feet above ground level, the walls are 2 miles in circumference.
It is easy to imagine in the 1930’s, when the classic railway posters were inviting people to explore the city, promenaders strolling around the walls and taking in the panoramic views.
Just like today those views would have included the Roodee racecourse, the River Dee, the Castle, the Roman Amphitheatre and the famous and much photographed clock on the Eastgate.
The Grosvenor Museum is your centre to discover the history of Chester and to find out more about life during the Roman military occupation.
Finally, don’t forget Chester Cathedral.
An ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure and a centre of musical excellence.