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Make Chester your fairytale destination

When the American newspaper, USA Today, asked readers to vote for the Prettiest European City in October this year, you may have been forgiven for thinking the outcome would be a foregone conclusion. After all, Americans just like to tick off the ‘classic’ destinations when doing the European tour, don’t they? Eifel Tower... tick, Big Ben...tick, Colosseum...tick...


Well, that’s where you’d be wrong. Our Atlantic cousins are looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary these days. As the article explained, ‘Sometimes, beauty is in the intimate charms of smaller destinations.’


The only UK city to make the top ten was Chester, coming in at an impressive Number 5, beating some of the more obvious competition from Venice and Prague. The article explains Chester’s charms, ‘In Chester, England - voted into fifth place by our readers - Roman walls surround a charming collection of Tudor and Victorian buildings, and a delightful shopping district filled with half-timbered shops. It's reminiscent of a Grimm fairytale.’

So why not consider a short winter break in Chester to see what all the fuss is about? iFootpath has three city trails to follow while you’re there, giving you chance to see the various sides of the city. You can explore the Roman city walls, follow the peaceful stretches of the River Dee or explore the old industrial canals and beautiful parks. There are plenty of sites to enjoy including the Rodee, the oldest racecourse still in use in England and several Roman ruins including the Amphitheatre. You’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat, our favourites being The Architect and The Old Harkers Arms, which are the starting points for two of the trails.

Chester City Walls, 2 miles

The Old Harkers Arms and Chester City Trail, 3 miles

The Architect and River Dee, 6 miles

If you’re wanting to extend your stay and walk some of the rural areas surrounding the city you might also want to try some of the following trails.

The Grosvenor Arms and Aldford, 3 miles

Frodsham and Sandstone Trail, 5 miles

Coed Llandegla Forest, 7 miles

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, just click this link to find hotels, B&Bs and guest houses>>

Finally, I know what you’re which other cities were in the top ten? Well here’s the complete list:

1. Riga, Latvia

2. Bergen, Norway

3. Innsbruck, Austria

4. Dubrovnik, Croatia

5. Chester, England

6. Prague, Czech Republic

7. Budapest, Hungary

8. Santorini, Greece

9. Venice, Italy

10. Bruges, Belgium


Check out the iFootpath Accommodation Directory 

30 November 2013



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