The most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Plus, the 700-year-old Rows – the original medieval shopping mall.
From the most complete set of Roman Walls and medieval shopping galleries to famous witch hunters, a castle with Britain’s oldest courtroom and a Hanging Corner. Take the train to the ‘great border city’, on the doorstep of Hadrian’s 73 mile Roman wall and home to England’s most besieged castle and to Woodrow Wilson’s mom.
Chester’s historic city walls walking tour with a Roman guard
The city walls are the oldest, longest and most complete in Britain, parts of which are almost 2000 years old.
Together with your Roman guard you’ll walk the complete circuit, which gives wondrous views down into the city, and you’ll receive a fantastic insight into Chester’s long history. The main access onto the walls is at each of the four main gateways – Northgate, Eastgate, Watergate and Bridgegate.
Explore Chester Cathedral and take the Tower Tour
The multi-award-winning tower tour is one of the best things to do in Chester. You’ll climb right to the top of the central tower and see one city, two countries and five counties. At over 125 feet above ground, you really will get Chester’s best views.
Enjoy a cocktail making class and food at Oddfellows
The restaurant at Oddfellows is an intimate and fun setting where fabulous wallpaper and living moss adorn the walls around the striking looking glasses, while luxurious fabrics blend perfectly with one of the most beautiful settings in Chester – looking out to The Secret Garden.
- 1hr 24 min / 77 miles
- 1hr 30 min
Nestled on a hilltop in the county of Lancashire to the north west of England lies the ancient city of Lancaster. With its magnificent Georgian buildings, historic castle prison walls and spectacular views from the Ashton Memorial, one of the north’s great follies.
Begin your visit at Williamson Park and climb the hill to Ashton Memorial
The Ashton Memorial sits like a mini St Paul’s high on a hill in Williamson Park, dominating Lancaster’s skyline. From the top of the memorial are fantastic views across Lancaster and the Cumbrian Fells.
Enjoy a school dinner lunch with a twist at The Borough
They’ve taken the traditional English school dinner style dish & given them a modern gastropub twist.
Visit Lancaster Castle and discover Hanging Corner and hear about the Pendle Witch Trials
200 executions took place at Lancaster Castle with those after 1800 occurring at ‘Hanging Corner’, in an angle between the tower and the wall on the east side of the terrace steps. On the ground-floor of the tower is the ‘Drop Room’ which contains relics of the many executions and can be visited today.
If you’re in Lancaster for a spell, here’s a story. Eighty years before the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 are among the most famous in English history, and some of the best recorded. A number of the witches were tried at Lancaster Castle, where you can visit today.
Enjoy fish and chips on a twilight canal cruise in Lancaster
Interesting fact – 43 miles of lock-free canal winds its way through Lancaster and the surrounding farmland.
- 1hr 13 min / 66 miles
- 55 min
Visit Birdoswald visitor centre at Hadrian’s Wall
Iconic Hadrian’s Wall is a must visit when in Carlisle and the area from Gilsland to Birdoswald remains one of the best and most complete sections of the wall.
Back in 122.A.D. the emperor Hadrian – the builder of the Roman Pantheon – decided to build a wall across the north of Britannia to keep out the tribes of Scotland. Hadrian’s Wall remains one of Europe’s greatest ever engineering projects, a masonry barrier stretching 73 miles coast-to-coast built by 15,000 men within seven years.
Explore Carlisle Castle
Standing proud in the city the castle has dominated for nine centuries.
Explore the medieval castle rooms, discover a turbulent history with the exhibition, and walk some of the medieval walls. It remained a working fortress until well within living memory and has withstood many sieges, held a royal prisoner captive, and been home to the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.
US President & Cavendish House
US President Woodrow Wilson’s (1913-21) mother was from Carlisle. The Woodrow family home was Cavendish House on Warwick Road, built by his grandfather Reverend Thomas Woodrow in 1831