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The 9 best things to do in Chester

If you're a history geek and you've never visited Chester, frankly, you should be ashamed, because the best things to do in Chester are so incredibly awesome. That might be over-stating the case but, either way, the walled city in the northwest of England has history pretty much dripping off its redbrick buildings. The main thing you need to know about the English town is that it was founded by the Romans as a fort, which explains one of its most famous attractions: the Roman amphitheatre. However, there are also medieval and Victorian parts to make admiring noises at—and plenty of good restaurants for refuelling. Chester's location on the Welsh border gives visitors easy access to the gorgeous area that is North Wales, so don't limit yourself to one side of the border. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 9 best restaurants in Chester

The small town of Chester was famously founded as a Roman fortress way back in the first century. It’s steeped in history, which you can explore by going for lunch at the seventeenth-century Bear & Billet – visiting an old pub is the best way to learn about a town, trust us. It's a must thing to do when in Chester. There’s British food everywhere here, but you’ll also find speciality coffee and excellent brunches. Here are the best restaurants and cafés to while away the hours in Chester.