In a big Victorian building opposite the Roman amphitheater, the largest uncovered amphitheater in Britain, the Tourist Information Centre, screens a free 20-minute video presentation about Chester and offers guided walking tours of the city; tours depart daily at 10:30am in the winter and at 10:30am and 2pm in the summer.

To the accompaniment of a hand bell, the town crier appears (May-Sept Tues-Sat at noon) at the City Cross -- the junction of Watergate, Northgate, and Bridge streets -- to shout news about sales, exhibitions, and attractions in the city.

In the center of town, you'll see the much-photographed Eastgate clock. Climb the nearby stairs and walk along the top of the city wall for a view down on Chester. Passing through centuries of English history, you'll go by a cricket field, see the River Dee (formerly a major trade artery), and get a look at many 18th-century buildings. The wall also goes past some Roman ruins, and it's possible to leave the walkway to explore them. The walk is charming and free.

The Rows are double-decker layers of shops, one tier on the street level, the others stacked on top and connected by a footway. The upper tier is like a continuous galleried balcony -- walking in the rain is never a problem here.

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