Heritage Trails in Chester

Chester has a number of fascinating walks and tours.  Here are some self guided trails which help explain the city's heritage. It is intended that more trails will be added to this page.


Chester City Walls Trail

Chester's City Walls form virtually a complete 2 mile (3 km) circuit around the city centre. They provide an enjoyable route to see many of the city's key heritage sites.

Here we provide an account of the key features on or near the walls together with an explanation of selected views. These are organised by convenient sections in an anticlockwise direction from the Eastgate.

Riverside Promenade Trail

A purpose-built Promenade around the Little Roodee, Roodee and New Crane Wharf in Chester.

View the attached PDFs for information about a trail along this section of riverside, a potted history of the River Dee in Chester and an explanation of the various heritage features that can be seen along the route.

Canal Towpath Trail

The towpath of the historic Shropshire Union Canal between Waverton and Ellesmere Port provides some 25 km (15 miles) of walking and cycling centred on the City of Chester.

View attached PDFs for information about a trail along this section of canal, the history of the canal and an explanation of the various heritage features that can be seen along the route.

Discover Edgar's Field

Whether you live in Chester or are from out-of-town, a visit to Edgar's Field Park will provide a different perspective of the city and the River Dee. It will bring you face-to-face with the unique Minerva Shrine and some of Chester's distinctive sandstone geology.

As an alternative to browsing these webpages, here is a fully illustrated PDF version (including maps).

Chester Millennium Trail

All 40 buildings on this Trail were selected by local people as outstanding examples of Chester's architectural development over two millennia. From Roman times to the present day. They include many well known and much-loved buildings. Others are less familiar and some may surprise! They all contribute to the rich architectural heritage which makes Chester so special among Britain's historic cities.  Each building is celebrated with its own unique way-marker created by artist Michael Johnson. The complete route takes about two hours to walk. Click on a building for more details. Should you wish find out more about these and other important buildings in Chester the Chester Civic Trust's book '2000 Years of Building - Chester's Architectural Legacy' is a compilation of over 130 such structures. For more details, including how to obtain a copy of the book or a printed version of the leaflet visit the Chester Civic Trust website.

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