The beautiful city of Chester is the perfect mix of old and new – perfectly blending its rich Roman heritage with modern architecture, it’s positively bursting with gorgeous sights. The culture and history are just a few of many reasons to love the city, that’s why we’ve put together a little round up of interesting facts about Chester. Not only are we sure these will prove useful the next time you hit up a pub quiz in the city, you’ll also get to learn a little about the city you’re calling home while you’re at university. 

Whether you’re a party goer, animal lover, history fanatic, serial shopper or simply want to just crack on with your studies, Chester can do it all – and so can your student accommodation. Boasting two great city centre locations, with our student accommodation in Chester you’re at the heart of the city’s superb transport links, alongside the best shops, bars, restaurants and cultural hotspots. 

All of this on your doorstep, and in a student accommodation that offers an incredible array of amenities and features designed with you in mind. From stylish social spaces, comfortable study areas, on-site gyms and more, you can have it all while you’re studying in Chester. 

The city’s rich history

An amazing fact about Chester is the first person to walk across Chester’s Grosvenor Bridge was a young Princess Victoria after the bridge was opened by her mother on October 17, 1832. Costing £50,000 to build, it’s also believed to have been the longest stone arch in the world at that time. This road bridge stands over the River Dee – which happens to be one of our favourite places to visit in Chester – and was designed in 1824 by Thomas Harrison. 

The great race course

Way back in 1539, the English horse racing scene was ignited, and a stead of British culture was introduced. So, the oldest racecourse in the nation was born. Chester Racecourse, known affectionately as the Roodee, has hosted horseracing events ever since that first 16th-century outing, making it the oldest sporting venue in continued use. It was also visited by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966. Not just one of many great facts about Chester, the course is a great place to visit for a day out in the city, and is less than a mile from our student accommodation in Chester

The name’s Bond, James Bond…

Well, Craig actually – Daniel Craig. That’s right, the famous 007 actor is from Chester, born on March 2, 1968, at 41 Liverpool Road where his dad Tim lived with then wife and Daniel’s mum Carol Olivia. His mother was also an art student in Liverpool, whose parents had run The Deva Hotel in Watergate Street, which then became Amber Lounge. Definitely one of a few great facts about Chester to remember for a pub quiz!

Chester’s origin story

One of many great historical facts about Chester was that it was one of the last cities in England to fall to the Normans, and William the Conqueror ordered the construction of a castle to dominate the town and the nearby Welsh border. The Norman Conquest was the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army made up of thousands of Normans, Bretons, Flemish, and French troops, all led by the Duke of Normandy, later known as William the Conqueror. Since the Castle is a leisurely walk away from your student accommodation in Chester, it’s worth getting on your list of fun things to do in the city sharpish.

Student accommodation in Chester

The beautiful town of Chester is a mix of old and new – its stunning Roman walls blending with modern architecture. This backdrop in the city centre provides students with a great mix of pubs, bars and restaurants for socialising with friends, as well as plenty of high street shops for some retail therapy in between studying.