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We understand some days in your life are extra special. We really do. And we appreciate that few, if any, are more important than your wedding day. You want to know it’s in safe, capable, passionate hands. As many of our hotels are licensed for civil ceremonies, we’re also happy to host your actual wedding as well as your reception. Whatever your choice, when you get hitched, we’ll make sure your special day goes without a hitch. That’s a Hallmark promise.

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10 Reasons Why Chester Is One of the UK’s Most Beautiful Cities


Chester once beat Paris, Rome and Venice in a poll of the most beautiful European cities according to American tourists. We think the following 10 reasons justify those results and Chester’s status as the jewel of the North West.

The city walls

City wallsImage by nikoretro Chester is the only UK city where the full structure of its ancient walls remain intact. Built using striking red sandstone, they complete a full two-mile circuit of the modern-day city. You can follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers by walking all the way round, taking in all four gates, towers and panoramic views of the city.

Amazing architecture

Old black and white Tudor buildings in Chester England showing leaded windows. The city’s streets are alive with Roman, Saxon and Victorian heritage. The narrow thoroughfares owe everything to Chester’s original medieval design. Lower Bridge Street and Watergate Street’s exceptional half-timbered houses are some of the UK’s best preserved Tudor buildings. There’s barely a modern structure in sight, making Chester a must-visit for fans of historical architecture.

Dramatic castles

Dramatic castlesImage by Henry James Ball Several castles loom over Chester and the nearby landscape. A 25-minute drive from the city, the medieval Beeston Castle sits at the top of a rocky crag and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Back within the city walls, Chester Castle, founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, stands over the River Dee.

Brilliant Bridges

View of Old Dee Bridge along the River Dee, Chester, Cheshire, England, UK, Western Europe. Chester has a handful of glorious Grade I listed bridges to explore. Watergate Bridge forms part of the ancient city walls, Old Dee Bridge is the city’s oldest bridge and Grosvenor Bridge was the longest single-span arch bridge in the world at time of construction in 1832.

Eastgate Clock

Chester Eastgate clock with surrounding buildings. The Eastgate towers impressively over the original entrance to Deva Victrix, the Roman fortress that became the present-day city of Chester. It’s not hard to see why this clock face is reported to be the second most photographed clock in England after Big Ben.

Chester Rows

Chester RowsImage by Glen Bowman One of the city’s most distinctive landmarks, the Chester Rows are two-tiered, half-timbered galleries that run the length of four streets in the historic heart of the city. Today, these one-of-a-kind structures (nothing like them exists anywhere else in the world) house high street stores and independent shops and cafes.

Remarkable Roman ruins

Chester, UK - May 30, 2010: Panoramic view of roman gardens in Chester, Cheshire, UK. There are no people in the photograph. Chester's geographical position made it one of the Roman Empire’s most important outposts in the UK. Discover ancient ruins dotted around the city such as Britain’s largest Roman amphitheatre, which remains a site of great archaeological interest, or take the educational walking tour and hear all about the city’s history from a guide dressed as a soldier.

The River Dee

Chester, UK - September 20, 2016: View of pedal boats on the river dee at Chester, Cheshire. Cruse boats can be seen moored on the river dee with the queens park suspension bridge in the distance. People can be seen on the promenade. The stretch of the River Dee that cuts through Chester includes the ‘Groves’, a paved promenade with waterside cafés, restaurants and ale houses. You can stroll by the riverbank, hire a rowing boat or take the load off with a sightseeing cruise of the city.

Gorgeous green spaces

  Green Spaces Image by Steve Wilson Pretty parks, glorious gardens, magnificent meadows, Chester has them all. Grosvenor Park is an ornamental park with a traditional Victorian layout of sweeping lawns and delightful display beds. Ness Botanic Gardens is an award-winning garden that overlooks the Dee Estuary. Chester Meadows is an area of unspoiled grassland and wetland adored by local and visiting walkers.

Captivating churches

The beautiful picture of Chester Cathedral The city’s collection of churches and cathedrals are a huge draw for tourists. Chester Cathedral is a majestic building, complete with sumptuously carved 14th century stalls, splendid stained glass windows and delightful décor. Founded by King Aethelred of Mercia in 689, St. John's Church has been rebuilt many times over the years and is now a Grade I listed building.   Staying in Chester Hallmark Inn Chester is situated in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to stay when you visit. Just a short walk from the city’s best shops, restaurants and museums, the Hallmark Inn Chester combines excellent value for money with all the modern comforts you’ll need to relax after a day’s exploring. Book now to avoid missing out on our special offers.

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