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Seniors Spend Time In Chester, England

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Get your coffee, senior friends, I have decided that today we will visit Chester in the United Kingdom. Chester has 77,000+ inhabitants plus two educational institutions, the University of Chester and West Cheshire College.

A big draw all year long is Chester Racecourse, known as the Roodee, which, according to official records, is the oldest racecourse for horses still in use in England. A major photo shoot for tourists is the Eastgate Clock that stands on the site of the original entrance to the Roman fortress of Deva Victrix.

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The largest roman amphitheater in all of England is in Chester and dates from the 1st century. The list goes on and on and senior visitors will enjoy walking through the town enjoying all the architecture and old buildings.

Seniors Enjoy Britan’s Treasures

Chester is arguably the richest city in Britain for archaeological and architectural treasures preserved to this day from the time of the Roman occupation.

Originally the fortress site of the 20th legion (Valeria Victrix), it was charged with suppressing the uprising of the army led by the warrior queen, Boadicea. The town was known then (c. AD 70) as Deva, and soon became a major trading port.

The Walls of Chester, built as a defensive structure between 70 and 80 AD., surround the city and make for a pleasant stroll. Care to take in a Chester Virtual StrollSenior visitors will find the River Dee along side the Walls and a plethora of information.

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Chester’s massive harbor and border position made it one of the finest strategic outposts of the Roman Empire. Long after the Romans had left, during the Dark Ages, Viking raiders arrived in their long boats along the same route.

 Seniors Find Chester A Day Trip From London

TripAdvisor suggests that senior visitors look over the dozens of major attractions in town that include the Quarry Bank Mill, the Walls of Chester, the Chester Zoo and the beautiful Chester Cathedral.  

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Chester has a wonderful mix of Victorian, Gothic and modern styles and is easily reached as a lovely day-trip from London, just 2 hours by train. Downtown Chester has an unusual two-level system of shops called The Rows that will double your enjoyment.

I don’t know about you, but Chester is now on my travel bucket list. Hope to pass by you one day up there up on the Walls. -jeb

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