Chester in colour

Californian, Emily Ghazarian, explains why Chester is at its best in autumn

by Webmaster, 31st August 2021

Californian, Emily Ghazarian, explains why Chester is at its best during autumn

Autumn is most certainly my favourite season and Chester is one of the best places to experience it. Born and raised in southern California, autumn wasn’t really a thing; palm trees are great, but they don’t change colour. 

While I occasionally miss the perpetual summery weather, after 20 years of living in Chester, I always look forward to the annual cycle of red, yellow and orange colours popping up across the city, contrasting with the black and white buildings.

Here are some of my top tips on how to experience autumn in Chester at its best:

Walk the walls and more

Chester is renowned for its original walls, perhaps the most used path around the city for locals and visitors alike. As the Autumn breeze blows in, views from the walls open up and sun beams stream through branches of long-established trees shedding their leaves. Starting from Northgate, the view to one side is particularly breath-taking, looking onto Chester Cathedral’s Deans Field and King Charles Tower. From the same vantage point just turn your head and peer down to grasp the true scale of the fortress that towers along the Shropshire Union Canal footpath.  

The Roman Gardens, tucked un-assumedly between the city walls and amphitheatre, lead down a winding path where you can see ruins of original Roman underfloor heating. Stomp through the leaves to emerge at the River Dee before wandering back towards the city via Grosvenor Park. 

Stress free shopping

Every year I vow to get my Christmas shopping done before December. I can’t say I have ever truly succeeded but I can say the shopping I do in the Autumn months is by far the most enjoyable and relaxed. With independent boutiques alongside trusty high street brands, I love booking a midweek day off to wander around the shops and find inspiration. Plus I don’t feel too guilty buying myself a little treat when I am not fully in the throes of the festive gift giving season. 

Chester Gift Card is also a clever option for those who want to take the guess work out of gift giving. It can be spent with over 100 Chester businesses so can be used for eating, drinking, shopping or even spa experiences. 

Comfort on every corner

During moody rainy days Chester’s cafes, shops and covered Rows exude an extra cosy feel as milk is frothed for coffees, stock pots bubble away in preparation for delicious sauces, and new knitwear, scarves, winter boots and comforting throws are displayed with care. With a coffee shop on almost every corner, there is no shortage of places to warm up and refuel with a cuppa, cake or café lunch. 

This humble little city sits unassumingly in the Northwest, but with eight restaurants featured in this year’s Michelin Guide – a Michelin star, green star, and bib gourmand amongst them - Chester is the most decorated city centre in the North West. Whether you want authentic Italian pizza, French Bistro fare, locally sourced pub favourites, Spanish tapas or unique culinary creations you’ll most certainly find comfort food for all tastes and many reason to return to Chester (you can only eat so much in a day!). 

The unassuming city

Chester has been named the UK City of Year by the iTravel Staycation Awards and it’s no wonder why. Fantastic food, open spaces, friendly faces and an independent spirit. If you haven’t been to Chester for a while it’s time to remedy that and see what all the buzz is about.

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Emily Ghazarian is the Marketing & Events Manager for Chester BID, the city centre’s Business Improvement District. Originally from California, USA Emily attended the University of Chester as an exchange student and the University of Liverpool where she achieved an MA in Politics & The Mass Media. She has been a resident of Chester for nearly 20 years and has a background in hospitality, fundraising, events and marketing.

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