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A snapshot into... Chester!

  • April 13, 2022

Chester is a city in northwest England that was founded in the first century A.D. as a Roman fortress. Chester is famous for its extensive Roman walls composed of red sandstone from the local area.

Chester is a historic city with an interesting past. This city has a lot to offer students, young professionals, and tourists alike, with so much culture and entertainment to enjoy, as well as a prestigious university and outstanding career possibilities.

Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Countess of Chester Hospital is a 600-bed,single site general hospital situated on the outskirts of Chester. The Trust has over 3,000 employees and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 250,000 residents mainly in Chester and surrounding rural areas, Ellesmere Port and Neston and the Deeside area of Flintshire. More than 425,000 patients attend the hospital for treatment every year – ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery.

Facts about Chester

  • Chester is home to the best surviving Roman Fortress Wall in Northern Europe (near Northgate). Dating back to Roman times, it was founded as a fort in 79 AD, and apart from a small 100-metre section, the listed Grade I walls are all still standing today.
  • The city is known for its first-floor covered walkways that allow for double-level shopping on each of the city's four main streets. This unusual architectural element dates from at least the 13th century and is found nowhere else in the globe.
  • Chester Racecourse, originally known as the Roodee, has hosted horse racing events since 1539, making it not just the country's oldest racecourse, but also Britain's oldest continuously used athletic site!

Cost of Living in Chester

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month in Chester

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for one person


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time It Takes to Travel by Train from Chester to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


2 Hour 28 Minutes


2 Hours 58 Minutes


3 Hour 9 Minutes


1 Hours 11 Minutes


3 Hours 57 Minutes


1 Hours 21 Minutes


46 Minutes


3 Hours 53 Minutes

Education in Chester

According to the government website, Chester has 41 primary schools and 14 Secondary schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Government website.

The University of Chester is a public university located in Chester, England. The university originated as the first purpose-built teacher training college in the UK. As a university, it now occupies five campus sites in and around Chester, one in Warrington, and a University Centre in Shrewsbury. It offers a range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as undertaking acedemic research.

The University of Chester is the fifth oldest higher education establishment in England, with only the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and London outdating it. The University is in sixth place out of 12 institutions in the North West for 2022, up four places from last year's 10th position in the region.

Things to do in Chester:

Chester City Cruise

Set sail on the River Dee to see the city of Chester from a fresh perspective. These half-hour city cruises leave The Groves every 30 minutes or so, providing spectacular views of the city and countryside.

Roman and Viking City Centre Cycle Tour

Take a speedy tour of Chester's Roman and Viking history while pedalling around the city's picturesque centre and learning intriguing anecdotes from a knowledgeable guide.

See the Historic Chester Rows

The galleried walkways, with their many stores running the length of the old stone and half-timbered buildings, are one of Chester's most recognisable features. The Chester Rows, which date from the 14th century, are made up of houses and stores built partly in front of (and partly on top of) heaps of rubble left over from Roman ruins.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is one of the UK's largest and most popular zoological parks, located in Upton, slightly over a mile north of Chester city centre. This 125-acre park is home to over 11,000 animals from 400 distinct species, as well as award-winning landscaped gardens and its own monorail system. Chimpanzee Island, a penguin pool, and Europe's largest tropical house are among the animal attractions.

Blue Planet Aquarium

Blue Planet Aquarium, which has more than 50 exhibitions of fish and marine species, is another wonderful wildlife-themed tourist destination. The Caribbean Reef display, the largest area, holds over 700 fish, including southern stingrays and moray eels, as well as Europe's largest shark collection.

Relocating to Chester

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