Historic Shopping Area: City Centre (Eastgate)
Eastgate Street, Chester. CH1 1LE
The Rows are a unique shopping feature of Chester radiating out along the city's four main streets from The High Cross. It's a system of first floor public walkways overlooking the street but built into each property. This gives access to a second row of shops and cafes above those at ground level.
The main roads are Eastgate Street, Watergate Street, Bridge Street and Northgate Street. You'll find a mixture of national and independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.
Because the Chester Rows are unique and their precise origins are unknown, they have been the subject of speculation. One theory is that they are due to the lowering of the roadway in the construction of easier gradients for general travel. This would have exposed the cellers (or crypts) and suggest their conversion into shops. The original shops having been made useless by the removal of the road, may then have been set back (if not already) and the area occupied by the floors turned into an elevated footway, covered in by the overhanging upper storeys of the houses.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
Most shops are open 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday.
Located in the city centre along Eastgate Street, Watergate Street, Bridge Street and Northgate Street.
Chester railway station: 15 minutes walk.
Parking available nearby - payment required.
The Rows, Eastgate Street, Chester. CH1 1LE
Last Updated Wednesday 15 April 2020
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