Chester in the Sun

Chester must be one of the UK’s most photogenic cities, particularly in the bright sunshine we have enjoyed in this part of the country for the last few days.

St. Michael's Buildings. Chester

The view up Bridge Street, Chester with St. Michael’s Buildings on the right.

Brilliantly sunny weather may not be ideal for capturing richly colourful images of gardens, but it provides perfect conditions for photographing busy tourist destinations like Chester – and so I visited the city last Tuesday, armed simply with my camera plus a 24-105mm lens and mingled with the hordes of UK and overseas visitors.

My first destination was The Groves, a tree-lined promenade beside the River Dee.  This was very busy with families walking, sitting in the sun and taking boat trips on the river.  My first shot (below) was from the 14th century Old Dee Bridge, over The Groves, taking in the 11th century weir and the more modern suspension bridge, opened in 1923.

Chester - The Groves and Weir from Old Dee Bridge

View of the River Dee and The Groves, Chester, from the Old Dee Bridge.


Chester - River Dee and Lime Trees

Shaded by lime trees, The Groves in Chester is popular with visitors to the city during the summer months.

After a walk beside the river I took a stroll up to Eastgate Street, one of the main retail areas.  Here I took photos down the street to towards the city’s Roman walls, taking in The Rows – medieval walkways through the first floor of the buildings, lined with shops.  I also photographed up St. Werburgh Street towards the city’s Norman Cathedral.

Chester - Eastgate Street

Shoppers on Eastgate Street, Chester, with the Eastgate and Jubilee Clock in the background.


Chester - St. Werburgh Street

The black and white, half-timbered buildings of St. Werburgh Street, Chester, lead towards the city’s Norman cathedral.

Finally I arrived in Bridge Street which is dominated by the imposing black and white timbered façade of St. Michael’s Buildings, first opened in 1910.  Here I was able to capture images of visitors enjoying the sunny weather in the numerous street cafés set up on the cobbles – with the 14th century St. Peter’s Church in the distance.

Chester - Bridge Street and Street Cafes.

Shoppers enjoying refreshments in the sun, in bridge Street, Chester.

Along with other Roman cities, like Bath and York, Chester really is a must-see destination for people in search of history – and on a sunny day such as last Tuesday it’s very easy to see why it is one of Britain’s most beautiful places too.

For more ideas of what to photograph in the city, see my post Chester for Photographers – Part One.

You can also see more photos of the city on my main website here.


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