Initially established as a Roman fortress, Chester is a city steeped in history. Over the years it has accrued many distinguished landmarks, from architectural features like bridges and buildings to parks and event spaces of international acclaim.
In this blog, we’ll uncover some of the secrets of these Chester highlights for city visitors and residents to expand their knowledge.
A stone arch road bridge, Chester’s Grosvenor Bridge fords the River Dee. For three decades it was the world’s longest single-span stone arch bridge and now has Grade I listed status. The first person who ever crossed the completed bridge was Princess Victoria when it was first opened by her mother back in 1932.
Edgar’s Field Park
This acclaimed Chester greenspace in Handbridge is home to the UK’s only rock cut Roman Shrine still in existence. Named Minerva’s Shrine for the goddess of war, this landmark is classed as a Grade I listed building.
Finally, known as the Roodee, this racecourse is the oldest sporting venue in the UK that still sees continual use. The races substituted the traditional football game played at the site on the suggestion of Chester Mayor Henry Gee. Many believe that this explains the origin of the term ‘gee-gees’ for racehorses.
Chester Racecourse is also seen as the shortest major racecourse in England, at just a mile and a furlong long.
These facts show that every day is a school day in Chester, and whether you’ve lived here all your life or are just here for the day, you’re sure to unearth some fascinating secrets about the city. Find out even more on a Treasure Hunt Chester adventure and open your eyes to a whole different side of Chester.