Key to the City™, Chester.
Free Landmark Historic Properties: City Centre (Eastgate)

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City Walls

City Centre, Chester. CH1 1LE
East Gate Clock, City Walls, Chester
East Gate Clock, City Walls, Chester

Chester is perhaps most famous for its City Walls, which are the most complete circuit of Roman, Saxon, and Medieval walls in the UK and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The Walls were originally built to defend Chester against enemies, but since the 1760s they’ve become a place for relaxing and socialising instead.

Roman legionaries, Anglo-Saxon warriors, Norman knights, medieval bowmen, Civil War cavaliers and Georgian dandies have all walked these Walls. Nearly 2,000 years of Chester’s history lies waiting to be discovered beneath your feet. Along the way you’ll discover Chester’s most interesting and historic places, and enjoy great views of the city, its surroundings, the River Dee and the Clwydian Hills beyond. Walk under the East Gate Clock, the second most photographed clock in the country, stand on the spot where Charles I saw his army defeated, view Chester Cathedral and gaze across the Roodee Racecourse.

Between the Phoenix Tower and the Northgate, may be seen some remains of the original Roman walls. Rising from the Canal, itself constructed along the old moat, they terminate in a cornice six feet below the parapet.

You can also view our City Walls Photograph Gallery for a pictorial journey along the Walls.


Free Entry, Picnic Area.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

Open at all times.


Advance booking is not required.


Located in the city centre with main access from Eatgate Street, Northgate Street, rear of Frodsham Street, Lower Bridge Street, The Groves and along the boundary to the Roodee Racecourse.

Getting There:

National Rail Chester railway station: 15 minutes walk.


Parking available nearby - payment required.

Walls Quest is a new GPS game-based guide to Chester. If you have never visited before you’ll see everything Chester has to offer from the shops, the racecourse, the cathedral, the castle and all whilst having fun on the famous Roman Walls.

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City Walls, City Centre, Chester. CH1 1LE

Last Updated Wednesday 15 April 2020

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