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Chester is well known as being the home of Hollyoaks but did you know….
1. Chester is home to Britain’s oldest sporting venue in continual use
Fancy seeing a spot of horse racing? Well, you’re in luck - Chester’s Roodee Racecourse has been hosting horse races since 1539. Horse racing replaced the allegedly rather bloody game of football that was held there every Shrove Tuesday…
2. Americans think that Chester is one of Europe’s prettiest cities.
Americans voted Chester as the fifth prettiest city in Europe, after Riga, Bergen, Innsbruck, and Dubrovnik! Newspaper USA Today published the results from the online poll in 2013 – it was certainly surprising to see that Paris, Rome and Venice weren’t in the top five!
3. Chester is home to the UK’s largest Roman amphitheatre.
In 1929, a set of Roman ruins were discovered in Chester that turned out to be an amphitheatre capable of holding 7000 people! Historians believe that this amphitheatre could have actually been the site of King Arthur’s Camelot.
4. There are a set of stairs in Chester that supposedly have wish granting powers…
Chester is home to an impressive 2000 year old wall that was built in Roman times. In 1785, a set of steps known as the ‘wishing steps’ was added to the south-eastern corner of the wall. Local legend suggests that if you are able to run up and down the steps while holding your breath, your wish will come true…
5. Chester Zoo is the best in the country.
Chester Zoo has been named the best zoo in the UK, and holds over 11,000 animals! It is even home to the largest free-flight bat enclosure in Europe, so it might be something to avoid if you find these creatures a bit frightening.