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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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The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection AU$125
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection

The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grosvenor Park, Chester Racecourse and Chester City Walls. Chester Cathedral and University of Chester are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

    Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western AU$89
    Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

    Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park, Chester City Walls and Chester Cathedral. Chester Racecourse and University of Chester are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

      Crowne Plaza Chester AU$165
      Crowne Plaza Chester

      Crowne Plaza Chester

         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Cathedral, Grosvenor Museum and Chester Racecourse. Roman Amphitheatre and Chester Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km). Chester Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

        Hotel Indigo Chester AU$132
        Hotel Indigo Chester

        Hotel Indigo Chester

           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Chester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse and University of Chester are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          ABode Chester AU$162
          ABode Chester

          ABode Chester

          Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Chester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Museum and Chester Racecourse. Chester Cathedral and Chester City Walls are also within 15 minutes. Chester Station is 21 minutes by foot.

            The Mill Hotel & Spa AU$174
            The Mill Hotel & Spa

            The Mill Hotel & Spa

               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Park and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is 6 minutes by foot and Bache Station is 29 minutes.

              Roomzzz Chester City AU$133
              Roomzzz Chester City

              Roomzzz Chester City

              Norroy House, Nuns Road, Chester, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Chester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral. Chester City Walls and University of Chester are also within 15 minutes. Chester Station is 20 minutes by foot.

                The Pied Bull AU$117
                The Pied Bull

                The Pied Bull

                57 Northgate Street, Chester, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Chester, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Chester City Walls and Chester Cathedral. Chester Racecourse and University of Chester are also within 15 minutes. Chester Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bache Station is 24 minutes.