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Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

A largely rural county bordering the urban areas of Merseyside and Greater Manchester, Cheshire has a rich heritage. Various Iron Age hillforts are scattered throughout the county, as at Eddisbury, Woodhouse, and Beeston Castle – the latter overlain with a medieval fortification. Roman activity in Cheshire can be seen at both the amphitheatre and Minerva’s shrine in Chester, the county town that was once the Roman legionary fortress of Deva Victrix. The county’s medieval heritage typically reflects the important role that Christianity played in this period, from the 9th-century Sandbach Crosses through to the ruins of the monastic Norton Priory and on to Chester Cathedral, still an active place of worship today. Cheshire’s more modern heritage sites include the Tudor mansion at Little Moreton Hall, the 18th-century stately home at Tatton Park, and the mid-20th-century Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Archaeology & History Sites in Cheshire

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Dating from the 1st century AD, the Chester’s amphitheatre is the largest known stone amphitheatre in Roman Britain. It was located southeast of the legionary fortress, and used for both entertainment and military training. Recent excavations revealed that by 120 AD the amphitheatre was all but abandoned, but it was bought back into use in around 275 AD following some rebuilding. It remained in use until about 350 AD. Today only two fifths of the amphitheatre is exposed, the rest lies unexcavated.

Museums & Art Galleries in Cheshire

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