I expected something like Winchester, all tea shops and rah-rahs, but it's more Coleen than crumpets well buttered. Welcome to the capital of Wag-land, where the ladies stock up on brands before peacocking down at the racecourse.
Still, you can see why they like it - this place is P-O-S-H to its core. Dripping with history - Romans, Georgians, and just loving that Addams Family monochrome gothic! Dripping with shops, too - so many, in fact, that the Tudors invented a cunning plan: Streets with two levels of shops to double retail opportunities for that must-have doublet and hose.
Manchester and Liverpool aren't far, and north Wales is just half an hour away. The case against Stuffier than a well-plumped Chesterfield sofa. A bit of a cultural desert, despite the monied locals: The usual traffic and parking issues. Merseyrail to Liverpool, 45 minutes, every 15 minutes. Manchester and Liverpool airports are a minute drive away. The King's School boys and Queen's School girls are highly regarded secondary independents.
Where to buy Within the walls, or overlooking the river and racecourse, where you'll find Georgian town houses, cottages and Victorian terraces. Village-y districts around the canal west of Parkgate Road, period homes in Hoole to the east. Key suburbs are Boughton, Huntington and Mollington. Love it or loathe it? Join the debate at theguardian. Karen Bowen "Chester has a proliferation of bars and nightclubs, but little in the way of arts facilities.
The city centre art deco Odeon stands empty, and our main theatre venue has virtually closed down. The Romans laid down a grid pattern of streets within the walls, and though the council has built several park-and-ride car parks, there are still traffic jams at busy times. Two lively festivals in the summer and autumn, one for music, the other for literature.
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