Chester's Roman heritage, its historic black and white Rows and the picturesque River Dee make the city a must-visit for many tourists. Whatever the reason for a visit, travelling to the city by train is quick and convenient, thanks to excellent rail connections with other stations across North-West England, North Wales and beyond. The number 40 bus provides quick and very frequent shuttle services from the railway station into the city centre.
Chester Railway Station serves the city of Chester and its outlying areas, and has the usual refreshment facilities and toilets for passengers. Located in the Newtown area of the city, the station is around 1 mile, or a 20 minute walk, from the Chester's historic centre. One walking route from the station takes visitors almost straight onto the Roman city walls, and affords stunning views of the cathedral and other landmarks.
Arriva Trains Wales, Virgin Trains, Merseyrail and Northern Rail all run services to Chester Railway Station. Arrival Trains Wales provides services from Manchester via Warrington, and from Cardiff and Birmingham via Wrexham. Virgin Trains runs services from London Euston via Crewe and Holyhead, and also has responsibility for services along the North Wales Coast Line. Merseyrail has responsibility for local services connecting Chester with the Wirral and Liverpool. Northern Rail operates services from Leeds.
The frequency of rail services to Chester makes travelling by train a good option for anyone who wants to avoid negotiating the city's one-way system and relative scarcity of parking. The city centre is compact and easy to navigate on foot but a good local bus service provides a useful supplement for those with heavy luggage, shopping or mobility issues. Alternatively, cycle hire facilities are located a ten minute walk from the railway station.
Chester's attractions are well-known but the city also has some hidden gems. For example, Minerva's Shrine, tucked away in a park on the banks of the river, is Western Europe's only shrine to the Roman goddess. It's an easy walk of a little over a mile from the railway station, and makes a fascinating addition to any exploration of the city's Roman past.
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