Situated on the River Dee, in the county of Cheshire, Chester began its existence as a Roman fort. One of the last English towns to fall to the Normans, it was also a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War in the 1640s and saw substantial development during the Industrial Revolution. It therefore boasts architecture from many different eras, which makes it a popular tourist destination. Today, the most notable sights in Chester are the 15th century Cathedral, the ornamental, 19th century Grosvenor Park and Chester Zoo (the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain.)
Chester’s main railway station, Chester General, dates from the mid-19th century. Five direct trains per day run to and from London. Chester is also a hub for major roads, including the M53 motorway towards the Wirral Peninsula and Liverpool and the M56 motorway towards Manchester. The A55 road runs along the North Wales coast to Holyhead and the A483 links the city to nearby Wrexham and Swansea to the far south.