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Chester - a walled Roman city - lies on the River Dee, close to the Welsh border. The city has long enjoyed popularity amongst smart and savvy property buyers, not least because of its prime location in England's North West (Manchester and Liverpool are within easy reach of the city). Property in Chester spans the entire accommodation spectrum, ranging from small but cosy flats, luxury apartments and smart townhouses in the city centre itself to detached family homes, new build bungalows and elegant mansions on the outskirts. There are properties to suit all tastes and budgets.
Chester is easily accessible by car, coach and train. Main motorway links to the city are through the M6, M56 and M53. High speed trains leave London every hour for Cheshire's main line stations (the journey takes 2 hours). Bus services from Manchester Airport to Chester are frequent.
After arriving in the city you'll be spoilt for choice for things to do. Chester Zoo is always a big hit with the kids, of course, as is the Blue Planet Aquarium -home to Europe's largest collection of sharks (watch out!). The Dewa Roman Experience also makes for a fun and fascinating family day out. In addition to its great sightseeing and tourist attractions, Chester boasts a selection of ambient cafes, sumptuous restaurants and numerous traditional and modern pubs/bars. Hickory's Smokehouse in the city is an award-winning eatery, and after a long day a cool drink in the Ring O Bells is just the thing.
Chester, then, is a must-include on any property hunter's list of places to visit and consider. Yes, it is steeped in history, but it also has a modern, progressive, vibrant feel. By purchasing a new home there, history-lovers and forward-thinking individuals and families can enjoy the best of both worlds.
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