What is Chester like?
A perfect blend of sophistication and genuine rurality, Chester, North Shropshire and North Wales offer everything the discerning buyer could wish for. Convenient for Manchester and Liverpool yet still dotted with great estates and model villages, the area covered by Savills Chester balances cosmopolitanism with the archetypal country idyll.
Chester itself is one of England’s most attractive cathedral cities, with its splendid display of black-and-white architecture, its still-encircling city wall and the unique Rows that line the principal shopping street. Surrounding the city is an area of glorious scenery, from the gentle farmland and wooded hills of Peckforton and the coast of North Wales and Anglesey to the mini-lakeland around Ellesmere and the mountainous byeways of the Vale of Clywd.
This swathe of Cheshire, Shropshire and North Wales boasts picturesque market towns, including Nantwich, Northwich, Ruthin and Whitchurch, and is famous for its castles, stately homes and gardens.
Property in Chester
Chester’s housing stock covers everything from quaint terraces to gracious Victorian mansions, from inter-war family homes to ultra-modern apartments. Outside the city, spacious farmhouses in the Peckforton area (often former estate properties) are hugely coveted, and there is a ready market for period houses and cottages in the many beautiful villages and market towns.
The Wirral is popular with commuters to Chester and Liverpool, while properties along the A55 corridor into North Wales represent real convenience and value for money.
For contemporary city living, head to HQ, overlooking the racecourse in Chester.
For Victorian city splendour, go to Queen’s Park and Curzon Park North, Chester.
For ‘Peckforton’ farmhouses, look in the country surrounding the villages of Beeston, Tattenhall and Cholmondeley.
For sophisticated village life, try Tarporley, Christleton and Overton.
For semi-rural family living, look in Northwich, and Caldy, on the Wirral.
For pleasant market towns, try Nantwich (handy for Crewe’s mainline railway station), Ruthin, Malpas and Ellesmere.
The local scene
Chester is an affluent and sophisticated place, supporting some high-quality boutiques and chains. Chester Races, held on the riverside racecourse near the city centre, are a sporting and social highlight of the Cheshire season. The University of Chester and the College of Law at Christleton ensure a lively younger social scene, while Chester Zoo is a major attraction in the region.
For more highbrow tastes, Liverpool and Manchester offer a splendid array of world-class galleries, theatre and music events, and are home to two of the country’s most impoprtant orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Hallé.
The countryside offers a huge choice of outdoor activities: Delamere Forest and the 34-mile Sandstone Trail are popular with walkers, there are golf courses at Eaton and Carden Park, and the area is prime equestrian country. A host of historic estates includes Eaton Hall, Cholmondeley Castle, Dunfold Hall and Bolesworth Castle, all still privately owned by leading county families and thus preserving the area’s timeless appeal.
Chester Station provides services to Cardiff (weeksdays only), Crewe, Birmingham, Manchester, Holyhead (for ferries to Ireland) and Llandudno.
Mainline services from Crewe reach London in just 92 minutes.
The A55, the North Wales Expressway, is a fast link from Chester to the North Wales towns of Conwy, Bangor and Holyhead.
The M56 connects Chester and Manchester, while the M53 runs up through the Wirral to Birkenhead and ferries to Liverpool.
Schools in Chester
The Grange School, Hartford
The King’s School, Chester
The Queen’s School, Chester
Abbey Gate College, Saighton