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The Rows

Find popular fashion brands and independent traders set inside a collection of two-story galleried buildings in Chester’s medieval center. 

The Rows are a series of landmarks that line the four main streets of Chester city center. They feature covered walkways accessed by staircases, which form a second row of retail premises above the street-level shops. Dating from the medieval era, the Rows showcase a blend of grandiose Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architectural designs. Admire these iconic city landmarks and enjoy shopping in a unique setting. 

Mystery surrounds the origins of the buildings. One theory suggests that they were erected on top of the remains of the fallen Roman buildings. Another states that due to the encompassing defensive walls, storeowners had to build up in order to maximize their retail potential. 

Stand at Chester Cross, where the four ancient streets meet. Many of the façades are excellent restorations, although some are originals that have stood the test of time. One is the Three Old Arches on Bridge Street, which is believed to be Britain’s oldest-surviving shopfront. Leche House on Watergate Street is one of Chester’s best examples of a medieval house. 

Take advantage of the varied retail options. You’ll find everything from bookstores, dressmakers and tailors to antique sellers, high street brands and luxury jewelers. Purchase something tasty at bakeries, delicatessens, fast-food joints and centuries-old pubs. Don’t miss the undercrofts, which are vaulted stone cellars once used as storerooms. Cowper House on Bridge Street is one example. 

There are several other attractions to visit in the area. Stop by St. Peter’s Church, a Gothic-style landmark with exquisite stained-glass windows. Eastgate is an 18th-century arched gateway that stands on the site of the entrance to the city’s Roman fortress. The gateway’s walkway forms part of the city walls and above it is an ornamental clock. 

The Rows are a 15-minute walk from Chester Train Station. Drivers can use one of many metered car parks at the edge of the city center.


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    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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