The Rows Revealed

The world famous Chester Rows, first built in the days of the great port of Chester and modernised by the Victorians, offer a unique glimpse into medieval shopping galleries.

The Cross, Chester


Tours are not just for tourists!

This winter, locals and visitors alike can take a walking tour of Chester city centre avoiding the worst of the weather!

The Rows Revealed explores the ins and outs of Chester’s unique and atmospheric two-tiered shopping galleries, first built in the Middle Ages, and added to over the centuries, particularly during Tudor, Georgian and Victorian times.

Your Guide will take you inside buildings to discover unexpected ancient treasures tucked away amongst the modern bustling shops today – from the remains of a Roman Hypocaust in a hot potato shop and pillars from the mighty Roman HQ building found underneath coffee shop, to a beautifully decorated fireplace complete with a hidden priest hole and hints of a connection to Catherine of Aragon in a sofa shop. You can promenade along the covered walkways and ancient medieval passageways appreciating the juxtaposition of ancient and modern as you visit a medieval cellar now used as a wine shop or see what was once a high society ballroom today being used as an elegant tearoom.


Thursdays at 2pm during November and December 2017 (except 28th Dec).

Last Sunday of the month at 2pm from Jan 2018 (28th January, 25th February, 25th March).

Tickets direct from the Guide on the day at the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre on Northgate Street.

£7 adults

£6 concessions(over 60 or in full time education).

£16 families (2 adults and 2 children under 16 years)

Tour duration 90 mins approx. Includes steps.

Book this tour for your group here