I recently took my two sisters on a walking tour of Chester booked through the guide at the Town Hall. I actually work in the city and live a few miles away and so know quite a bit about it. However I thought it best to leave it to an 'expert' to introduce my visitors to the fascinating history of Chester. We were joined on the tour with a delightfully mixed group from across the globe, Australia, Canada, the USA and Leicester! What a waste of a morning. The guide told us hardly anything about the Roman occupation of the city; didn't take us to the Amphitheatre, Roman garden, tell us about the Roman baths that were there; mention the Roman and Medieval walls; the medieval cross in the centre; the Rows, the Welsh curfew, the list goes on and on. It would be easier to say what she did tell us. Also, her delivery was stale and boring and she was far more concerned with the health and safety aspects of the event, important though they undoubtedly are. We were fortunately able to carry on with our own agenda afterwards but I fear the remainders of the group will have left Chester with little insight into this ancient treasured city.
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