Chester's history began with the Romans nearly 2000 years ago in AD79. The Roman fortress was called Deva and was one of three important military centres in Britain. The ancient city lies under the present city and evidence of the Roman period can be seen everywhere.
The Middle Ages (from the 13th to the 15th century) were a busy time in Chester. The "Rows", the Old Dee Bridge and the Cross in the centre of Chester all date from this period.
The prosperity of the 17th century is reflected in some of our oldest black and white houses. These beautiful buildings were copied by the Victorians in the late 19th century.
In the late 18th century Chester was prosperous, growing and very fashionable. English in Chester is based in the houses of the rich and famous in the city in the 1780s.
Victoria was Queen from 1837 to 1901. In 1846 the railway came to Chester and modern tourism began. The Victorians copied everything and many of our most famous landmarks date from this period.
Modern buildings are often built in the old style but interiors are modern and chic. You can see old and new buildings on one of the many tours around the city.
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