Settled almost 2000 years ago by the Romans, Chester was originally known as Deva and was planned to be the capital for Roman activity in the area. Later inhabited by Saxons, as well as Normans, Chester has a rich history and loads of attractions for visitors as well as being just a short drive from Liverpool. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Chester is both easy and economical.
A great way to become familiar with Chester is by exploring the Roman walls, which once protected the city from outsiders. Park your hire car near the city centre, and explore walls surrounding the area which still stand today. Great views of the city can be enjoyed from atop the walls, and you may even spot a few attractions from up above that you would like to visit later.
To learn a little about the history of the area, and the great significance the site had to previous civilizations, visit the Grosvenor Museum, located in the eastern part of the city centre within the walls. The museum houses many displays on local history dating back 2000 years and is definitely worth a visit.
Apart from being a major military stronghold for the Romans, this was also the site of a huge amphitheatre, which is thought to have been the largest of its kind outside of Rome. Located just outside the walls on the eastern side of the city centre, the amphitheatre is thought to have had room for an audience of over 8000 spectators, and restoration works are continuing today.
For a great day out with the kids, jump in your rental car and head northeast from the city centre and visit Chester Zoo, regarded as the top zoo in the UK. With over 7000 animals, including several rare and endangered species, the zoo is a highly popular destination for both travellers as well as locals.
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