The most complete walled city in Britain is great for shopping.
Encircled by a glorious 2-mile ring of Roman and medieval walls, Chester is a rare blend of the ancient and traditional along with a dash of cosmopolitan chic. Explore half-timbered buildings and Chester’s unique covered ‘Rows’ – which are lined with independent boutiques and high-street stores. If that’s not enough, head to Cheshire Oaks, the UK’s largest designer outlet village just 10 miles from the city centre.
The surviving Roman grid pattern of streets is so compact you can get around all the city's landmarks easily on foot. Stroll along the walls, studded with historic towers and gates, then drop into the Amphitheatre – the largest one in Britain. You can also find out what life was like in Roman Chester at the Dewa Roman Experience. Nature lovers will enjoy the city’s famous gardens and the nearby Delamere Forest.
Chester is just over 2 hours north of London by train.