Towards the end of last year, I met up with my two best friends for some adventures in Chester. We hadn’t seen each other in the longest of times. They both go to University in different areas of the country. This means getting us all together is quite a challenge. Nonetheless it was amazing catching up with them, just like old times.
We began sorting out the arrangements for the trip and one week before we actually went. This was a place that was suggested and recommended by my family for us to visit. The train tickets weren’t too expensive, with it costing just under £50 for a return for three people. Not too expensive, that just meant the times that we selected were very early in the morning and late in the evening. So there was plenty of time to explore, probably too much time.
We arrived in Chester after two brief but very pleasant train journeys. It took just over an hour to get there but time went by very quickly as I was busy chatting away! The morning glow from the sun was beginning to shine as we walked into the city. Which is a very short distance from the Train Station.
The first stop of the day was Starbucks… because the girls were cold and needed a hot drink to battle the single digit temperatures. Venturing out in the Winter is not for the light hearted. Despite it being very cold, it didn’t dampen our spirits. We were laughing and gossiping all the way.
I love visiting towns in the early hours of the morning. There are few people walking around meaning you get to really see the town become the crowds get in the way. I did the same thing when I went to London. It was a 3am start (or something stupidly early) but I got into the city by 8am, which gave me plenty of time to take pictures and explore the area before the tourists arrive.
It was the same for Chester, we got there just after 9am, when the shops had just started to open. So the town was super quiet, it was great to have a wander around. Once we got out fill of Hot Chocolate from Starbucks we decided to pop into a few different shops and browse what they had to offer. In the aftermath of Boxing Day sales.
As the day progressed the weather got a bit warmer, as the sun came out and the cool morning air faded away. We didn’t really use any maps when we were there, we just wandered around up and down streets and in back lanes. It was lovely to just explore the area and find out new places.
The only time I had ever got to Chester was for the Zoo. It is the most visited Zoo in the country with over 15000 animals and 500 different species. So I was vaguely familiar with the area but had never quite gotten as far as visiting the town.
It reminds me a lot of Shrewsbury. Which is another town I really love visiting. It is an old world town, with building trapped in the past. But they have modern stores situated within them. I have always loved the mix of old and new, it’s what made these towns quirky and unique to the United Kingdom.
After we had wandered the town, it was time to Walk the Walls of Chesters. It was lovely to see all the views of the city from the Walls. Everybody asked me if I saw Chester Racecourse when walking around. But I NEVER saw it, which is so annoying. Or.. I saw it and didn’t even realise!
Overall, I had a wonderful day with the girls. It was so nice catching up on news and seeing each other as a trip for the first time in months. The day was concluded with us waiting at a very cold train station for a train that didn’t turn up. So we had to catch a different one. A bit of an inconvenience but overall it was such a fun day. I look forward to when the trio next meet again.
Let me know if you have ever been to Chester? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.