Steeped in a history that dates back almost 2000 years, Chester is a city with a tale to tell - and tip top accessibility solutions to boot.
Nestled on the border between England and Wales, Chester boasts a unique culture that is brimming with British history.
Claimed by the Romans in the first century, Chester quickly became one of the most pivotal cities of ancient Britain - a legacy that can still be seen on the city streets today.
Chester began life as a Roman army camp, so sights of centurions wandering the streets looking for selfie opportunities is all part and parcel of a normal day in peak season.
First stop has to be the Roman Ampitheatre. With easy access directly off the main pavement, this is the perfect attraction for people wanting to see a bit of Chester history.
The site is always open and is free to enter.
Plenty of information boards are dotted around the site, allowing visitors to learn more about life in Roman times.
However, it is not just Roman history Chester is famous for, and there are a plenty of other historic attractions to enjoy, such as Chester Castle and Cathedral.
The medieval castle and city walls date back to William the Conqueror’s reign in 1070 and are visited as part of the city’s walking tour.
Each tour is tailored to the specific needs of the visitors, so your guide will be able to find the best possible route for you to ensure you see as much of the city as possible.
Chester Cathedral is another top attraction in the city.
This imposing building dominates the city centre but offers visitors another glimpse into Chester’s vibrant past.
It is free to enter and easily accessible from the city centre.
Chester itself is easy to get around, and was the first British city to win the European Access City Award.
With wide, flat roads and pavements, visitors can enjoy Chester’s wide range of attractions, shops, restaurants, and bars completely stress free.
The city’s iconic Rows are even accessible via ramps and level access at certain points.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is leading the way to ensure its city offers optimum accessibility, and a handy information leaflet is free to download from the Visit Chester website.
The leaflet also includes information on wheelchair accessible public toilets and changing places, in addition to shops, bars and restaurants that are involved with the community toilet scheme.
Plenty of information is also available about blue badge parking on the website.
However, if you fancy getting away from the hubbub of the city, a quiet walk along the picturesque River Dee is the perfect pastime for a summer’s day.
Alternatively, you could head out of the city altogether and enjoy a spot of retail therapy at Cheshire Oaks, or a visit to the celebrated Chester Zoo.
Starting life as a small family endeavour, Chester Zoo is now one of the UK’s most popular zoos with 15,000 animals to enjoy, from elephants and giraffes, to penguins and butterflies, in addition to the acclaimed zoological gardens spanning 125 acres.
The zoo has more than 100 disabled parking bays close to the main entrance, and even offers free entry to carers.
Facilities include accessible pathways, accessible toilet facilities, wheelchair lifts, and free wheelchair hire.
All in all, Chester provides people with an access all areas holiday offering the very best of culture, history, entertainment, food and shopping.
Situated on the border of Wales, visitors can also extend their break to explore the beautiful North Welsh coast to take in pretty towns such as Conwy, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno.
With a range of accessible accommodation on offer, opting for a break in this historic city will give you a holiday to remember with all the luxuries of 21st-century accessibility.