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Roman Amphitheatre

Discover the importance of the Roman settlement that predated Chester when you explore the ruins of an enormous arena brought back to life with a mural.

The Roman Amphitheatre is a set of ruins from the 1st century, when modern-day Chester was a Roman settlement. The historic site is the largest archaeological discovery of its kind in the country. Today, only a semicircle of the original structure remains, comprising of a central pit and stone walls. Read the informative signs to discover how the site was used for gladiator combats, wrestling and cock fighting.

The site was founded alongside the Roman fort of Deva Victrix inside the city walls. It was originally one of two stone amphitheaters, each with wooden seating. Check out the sheer size of the structure to imagine the importance of this settlement to the Roman Empire. It was abandoned in the 4th century and fell into ruin before its rediscovery as an archaeological relic in 1929.

In its heyday, the amphitheater had a height of 40 feet (12 meters) and a capacity for between 8,000 and 12,000 people. Imagine the structure during an event 2,000 years ago, with bustling stalls, food stands and stables. A network of dungeons stood beside the amphitheater. Some believe that gladiators were chained and tortured for the amusement of spectators, but the exact events and traditions of the Romans at this amphitheater remain a mystery. Much of its material was used to construct the medieval city walls nearby. See the remnants of the shrine to the Roman goddess Nemesis at the northern part of the arena.

Marvel at the optical illusion mural that gives visitors an impression of how the amphitheater would have looked at its peak.

Visit the ruins for free during daylight hours. The Roman Amphitheatre is located to the east of the Chester City Walls in the center of the city. Walk north for 5 minutes from the River Dee. Visit nearby landmarks, such as Grosvenor Park, the Wesley Church Centre and Chester Roman Gardens.


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$174
The Chester Grosvenor

The Chester Grosvenor

Eastgate Street, Chester
4.6
of 5, from 530 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Chester hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from St Peter's Church and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$99
ABode Chester

ABode Chester

Grosvenor Park Road, Chester
4.3
of 5, from 612 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chester, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chester Castle and Grosvenor Museum. Chester Cathedral is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away.

$89
Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester

City Rd, Chester
4.1
of 5, from 371 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre, Chester Cathedral, and Grosvenor Museum. Chester Zoo is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) away.

$45
Hallmark Inn Chester

Hallmark Inn Chester

City Road, Chester
3.3
of 5, from 294 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$92
Mill Hotel & Spa

Mill Hotel & Spa

Milton Street, Chester
4.2
of 5, from 419 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Northgate Arena Leisure Centre and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$87
Roomzzz Chester City

Roomzzz Chester City

Norroy House, Chester
4.6
of 5, from 131 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chester, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Racecourse, Grosvenor Museum, and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

$87
Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel, Chester

Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel, Chester

St John Street, Chester
3.8
of 5, from 389 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this hotel is steps from Roman Amphitheatre and Chester Cathedral. Chester Zoo and Grosvenor Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$53
Bridge Street Townhouse

Bridge Street Townhouse

49-51 Lower Bridge Street, Chester
4.1
of 5, from 81 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Chester, this hotel is steps from Old Dee Bridge, Grosvenor Museum, and Dewa Roman Experience. Chester Castle and Roman Amphitheatre are also within 10 minutes.