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5 Old Ruins to explore in Cheshire

Cheshire

Cheshire, a geographic and historic county and former administrative county of northwestern England. The county covers 905 square miles and has a population of around 1 million. It is mostly rural, with a number of small towns and villages supporting the agricultural and other industries which produce Cheshire cheese, salt, chemicals, and silk.

Chester City Walls
Chester City WallsCity Walls, Chester CH1 2JH, UK

The city walls are the oldest, longest, and most complete in Britain, parts of which are almost 2000 years old. They were extended and developed in the Saxon period. During the 12th century, the Normans rebuilt and extended the Walls so for the first time since the Romans, the Walls formed a completed circuit around Chester. Throughout the middle ages, Chester was one of the most protected and strategically important cities in the county.

Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Chester Roman AmphitheatreRoman Amphitheatre, Little St John St, Chester CH1 1RE, UK

One of the largest amphitheatre in Britain which was used for entertainment and military training. It lay just outside the south-east corner of the Roman legionary fortress and was probably used both for entertainments and for practising troop manoeuvres and weapon training. The two buildings differed from each other and from all other British amphitheatres, underlining the importance of Roman Chester. This site is now in the care of English Heritage.

Chester Roman Gardens
Chester Roman GardensPepper St, Chester CH1 1DQ, UK

The Roman Gardens at Chester stand to the south east of the city, just outside the city walls near the Newgate and Chester Roman Amphitheatre. Named after a collection of finely carved building fragments from the Roman legionary fortress of Deva. They include pieces from some of the most important military buildings, including the main baths and the legionary headquarters. None of the building fragments originally came from the site, since the Gardens lie just outside the Roman fortress.

Eastgate Clock
Eastgate Clock41-45 Eastgate St, Chester CH1 1LE, UK

The Eastgate Clock is a turret clock built above the Eastgate of the ancient walls of Chester. It is the most iconic landmark and the second most photographed clock in the world after Big Ben. The clock was built in 1899 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897. The whole structure, gateway, and clock, was designated as a Grade I listed building on 28 July 1955.

Quarry Bank
Quarry BankStyal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA, UK

Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, mill owners and how the Industrial Revolution changed our world forever. it was the headquarters of one of the largest cotton manufacturing businesses in the world. The mill sits on the banks of the River Bollin in the Styal Estate in close proximity to Manchester – the hub of Britain’s cotton industry.

Map of Old Ruins to explore in Cheshire