The City Walls and Eastgate Clock

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The City Walls and Eastgate Clock, Chester

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The City Walls
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Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of The City Walls and Eastgate Clock

In the footsteps of the Romans.

As a first-time visitor to Chester, there’s no better way to get your bearings on the city than clambering up the ancient stone steps and completing a circuit of Britain’s most complete defensive walls. The very first walls were constructed in AD 79 using wood; these days the walls are a little sturdier – with the two-mile circuit made up of much, much newer sections, though the preservation has been sensitive.

If I need to get from one end of the city to the other, I’ll often use the walk along the walls to bypass the shopping hordes.

The Eastgate Clock can be found on the most centrally-located stretch of the walls, looming over Eastgate Street. An 1899 addition, to commemorate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, it is thought more people take snaps of this beautiful timepiece than any other in England, apart from Big Ben of course.

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This amazing piece of history is free to explore.

Expert tips: 
Get your bearings on the city as soon as you get to Chester by exploring the walls.
Bring an umbrella - there's no shelter on a rainy day.

More information on The City Walls and Eastgate Clock:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Historic site, Landmark / monument
Address:
The City Walls and Eastgate Clock, Chester
Months open:
All year round
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
History

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