On Saturday, we drove into Chester where the Roman Empire built Fortress Deva to suppress fierce Welsh tribes across the border. We walked around the 2000-year-old walls, stood in the largest Roman Amphitheatre ever uncovered in Britain, explored the 700-year-old Rows – two tier shopping galleries with distinctive black and white, half-timbered style houses, visited the 1000-year-old Cathedral, passed under the Eastgate Clock built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and is one of the most photographed timepieces in the world and visited the Grosvenor Museum with a vast collection of Roman tombstones. There were Wishing Steps built in 1785 which legend has that if you make a wish and then run up and down them whilst holding your breath your wish would come true. Needless to say, we did not accept the challenge.
We had a bite to eat in the Bear and Billet pub, Chester’s oldest timber-framed building, built in 1664, and once a toll gate into the city. It was very quaint and crowded and at times noisy due to a game of football between Liverpool and Stoke.