Chester is in the north-west of England and not far from the border with Wales. The city on the Dee River is the capital of the county of the same name, a university location and a modern administrative center.
The 2000-year history of the city is just as unique in Great Britain as the wealth of archaeological and architectural treasures. The medieval town center and the Roman archaeological sites are important stops on sightseeing tours or study trips through England and Wales.
Experience Chester: Ghosts and Romans
Chester is an architectural gem. Visitors experience the historical ambience particularly intensely when strolling through the city center. Sightseeing tours on a Victorian double-decker bus are also popular.
The old town is surrounded by a medieval city wall that can be walked on. Highlights in the historic center include the impressive half-timbered houses in the High Street, the millennial cathedral and the Eastgate Clock. Unique landmarks are the more than 700 year old, world-famous two-story shop galleries, the Rows. Among other things, the amphitheater, in which events take place today, has been preserved from Roman times.
Locals often call Chester “the haunted town”, because ghost apparitions are mentioned again and again in the pubs and old inns. A special “ghost walk” leads to the places where ghosts are supposed to be up to mischief. Also of interest are the so-called “Roman migrations”, which lead back to the time when the settlement was still called “Deva” and was administered by the delegates from Rome.
England’s oldest racecourse, “Roodee”, is located on the site of the former riverside harbor. The largest zoo on the British Isles is also worth a visit. More than 1200 animals from 400 species live in Chester Zoo.
St. Ives is a popular holiday resort on the English peninsula of Cornwall. The city of 11,000 in the extreme south-west of Great Britain is characterized above all by its breathtaking coastal landscape, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. In St. Ives, which is located directly by the sea, there are several kilometers of sandy beaches that are used annually by locals and tourists from all over the world to relax. The beaches of St. Ives not only offer excellent conditions for relaxation. Water sports enthusiasts such as sailors, divers, surfers and swimmers also get their money’s worth here. The Gulf Stream ensures a pleasant subtropical climate on the coast.
St Ives artists’ colony
St Ives is also famous as the center of the arts in Cornwall. After all, numerous artists have settled here since the early 19th century. Countless small and large galleries as well as various art shops still show a wide range of regional and national art in St. Ives. The small but nice city center is characterized by many narrow streets and numerous cozy shops, bars and restaurants. When visiting the region, you should also check out the Hurlers Stone Circles. Ancient myths and legends come to life in the cult site on the legendary Bodmin Moor, famous far beyond the borders of Cornwall.
Penzance and Land’s End
The sheltered bay of Penzance is often referred to as the “English Riviera”. Nowhere does the coast of Cornwall have a more beautiful silhouette than here, at the most south-westerly point of England: A wide, curved bay and the romantic island of St. Michael’s Mount, on the top of which a monastery fortress sits enthroned.
Exotic vegetation and a sense of art shape the city’s flair
The wonderful location on the shores of Mount’s Bay made Penzance a popular holiday destination early on. Due to the Gulf Stream, the climate here is so mild that palm trees grow everywhere and subtropical plants thrive – especially in the Morrab Gardens near the beach promenade. The lush city park, which was laid out in Victorian times, is one of the city’s top attractions. Penlee House offers a glimpse of the Cornish art scene with its well-known collection of paintings from the Newlyn School of Artists. A number of other galleries, bookshops and antique shops add to the special atmosphere of the town. The Jubilee Bathing Pool is also worth a visit: an outdoor pool built in 1935 in Art Deco style.
Spectacular cliff walks lead to the end of England
Land’s End: Here a myth can be seen, presented as an elementary natural spectacle. The westernmost point of England presents itself as a gray mass of granite boulders that drop dramatically into the Atlantic. For the English, a world is still over here – and many want to see more than can be seen in this place. The many people, cars and buses cannot harm the fascinating atmosphere of this place. Anyone who wants to feel something of the Celtic spirit that wafts around this place prefers to come at dusk or at dawn. The view of the upstream lighthouse and out over the infinity of the Atlantic is always a special experience
Cambridge and Oxford
Cambridge is the capital of the county of the same name north of London. The big city with historical flair is mainly characterized by the 31 colleges of the world-famous university, which was founded in 1209. The particularly valuable buildings of Cambridge University include Kings College with its Gothic church and choir and Trinity College with the massive “Great Gate” entrance gate.
The university has an exceptionally beautiful botanical garden, a library and a renowned museum for archeology and anthropology. The small bridges over the River Cam are also very picturesque.
Oxford is an important university and industrial location. The city on the Thames and Cherwell rivers is known for its renowned Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, which accept students from all over the world.
Travelers are particularly impressed by the historical structure of the various colleges around the university campus. Outstanding are the University Church, the Bodleian Library from 1602 with more than 11 million books and the Carfax Tower from the 11th century. Oxford University also has a botanical garden that blends in very well with the many beautiful parks in the city.
A visit to the Pitts Museum and Christ Church Cathedral is interesting. In the summer months, many Oxford residents and visitors relax with boat trips on the Thames or in the gardens on both banks.