If you find this 'virtual stroll' stimulating, why not treat yourself to one of our real guided walks?
Quick links: Start here! • Search our site index • An introduction to Chester • Our route map • Starting point: the Northgate • Quotes from centuries of Chester's visitors • Chester's vanished inns, pubs & breweries • Chester's lost cinemas • Memories of the Royalty Theatre • Old maps & aerial views • The Chester Canal & Leadworks • The Old Port • The changing face of Chester's Market Hall • History of the Millennium Greenway • The Rows of Chester • The Chester Mystery Plays • The Northgate Development • The building of the Inner Ring Road • Contemporary Chester photographs • Old Chester photographs • Old Liverpool photographs • Contemporary Liverpool photographs • Chester in the Snow 2010 / 2013 • Notable burials in the Overleigh Cemetery • A portrait of Boughton • A Virtual Stroll Around Hoole • The Hoole Business Directory • Louise Rayner's Chester paintings • Anthony Gormley: Another Place • The Chester Philharmonic Orchestra • Links to interesting places • The Black & White Picture Place: fine photography • GoodHiding leather goods & repairs • The finest Chester & Liverpool guided walks • Your letters- Write to us! • Support us: advertise to the world on this site! And much, much more!...
"A walk around the Walls of Chester! Now, then, for a choice téte-a-téte with the past! Away with the commonplace nineteenth century! Away with the mammon-loving world of today! The path we are now treading, high above the busy haunts of men, has a traditionary halo and interest peculiarly its own."
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12th August 2014: A small update has been added to our ongoing story of the much-abused Chester Amphitheatre
Three new galleries of images old and new of the ancient and beautiful Church of St. John the Baptist have been added here. New pictures have also been added to our Hoole Miscellany and also a second page of images of the Northgate Brewery, taken just before its demolition in 1969..
For all of you fascinated by the history of this remarkable city, when you've finished exploring our website (and not before!) we strongly recommend a visit to the newly-relaunched (and exceedingly excellent) Chester Wiki.
13th April 2014: Based in Bold Square, John McGahey was an illustrator and publisher. In 1855, he floated- for how long?- in a balloon above the end of Hoole Lane and produced an astonishingly detailed aerial view of Chester. A new, larger version of it has just been added to the site here. Don't forget to have a look at the enlarged details on the following pages too..
What a few of our visitors have said:
'Chester: A Virtual Stroll Around the Walls' is an excellent and informative site which provides photographs of Chester's famed historic city walls... The site provides varied information on Chester from Roman times, the history of the city, its architecture and topography. There is information here of interest to both the casual tourist and inhabitant of Chester alike. Facts about Chester's long history are presented in a lively and interesting way. The site provides reminiscences and updates about other buildings of historic importance in Chester, as well as a gallery of images of Chester, old Chester and of the famous Mystery Plays. The paintings of Chester by Louise Rayner together with a biography of the artist can be seen on the site".
Stephen Mosley, Member of Parliament for the City of Chester: July 2011
"Dear Sir, as a student of old London and the British Empire, I applaud your website! It far exceeds any I have seen, and I pour over it constantly. If I am not careful, hours will dwindle away until something interrupts me! As an entertainer, I have plenty of time to explore your site, and I wanted to take the time to "Thank You" for all your hard work and let you know how much I enjoy it! BRAVO Sir and keep up the great work!
"Your site is truly wonderful. You do the marvelous old city of Chester full justice with your telling of her tale. Thank you for all that!"
"My very sincere congratulations on the development and presentation of your fantastically outstanding web site. For the last four hours, tears have stung my eyes at the sight of old familiar places that rekindled half forgotten emotions and memories both sad and happy. I have felt anger too at the vandalism of the developers, aided and abetted by councillors apparently, that have destroyed forever irreplaceable history in the name of progress and the accumulation of wealth. But I mustn’t get political; I really just wish to thank you for a most memorable afternoon, a time that I will no doubt repeat again and again in the future.
"Hello, I'd just like to congratulate you on being the owner and author of the most wonderful site about Chester which I have encountered. It's bursting with information, images and enthusiasm and is incredibly detailed - fascinating and very useful!
"I'd like to thank you for your wonderful web site. I discovered it last year while preparing to visit Chester. I actually printed up your guide to the walk around the wall and brought it with me! I am looking forward to revisiting Chester- and spending more time there- with my wife and son at the end of July. Thank you again for your efforts on behalf of your beautiful city and thank you for your wonderful, informative web site!"
"Your website is wonderful. I have used it to answer various questions and just for interesting facts about the city. I and my colleagues have found it invaluable, very well organised and very easy to find information on it".
"An absolutely brilliant site about Chester and a sterling almost single-handed effort. Well deserving of funding (cos this is the sort of thing that attracts tourists, business etc)"
"This virtual strolling tour around the walls is beautifully photographed, the narration is detailed and interesting, and it doesn't shy away from some of Chester's darker sides. You will be hard pressed to find a more informative, or enjoyable, guide to the city and it's history."
"I remember going onto your website a long time ago and being impressed then, but this is quite something else!! WOW!!! Very cool".
The above is a 'contents' page to help you find you way around our site and plan your visit. If you're looking for something specific, visiting
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help- or use Google at the bottom of this page to search either this site or the entire internet. New material is constantly being added- if you're a regular visitor, you may be viewing a page stored in your browser's cache, so it's worth occasionally hitting the 'reload' button...