A city rich in history dating back to the Romans, you only need to walk around Chester and its city walls to take a trip back in time. There are also several galleries and museums on hand to put Chester’s history into context.
Opened in 1992, the Watergate Street Gallery has over a dozen exhibitions with the likes of urban art, landscapes, floral paintings, pop art, etchings and mixed-media works. A distinctly different and modern gallery, this isn’t your typically quiet, pensive affair. The artworks are bold and colourful, and discussion is encouraged. With works from local and national artists, and handily located on one of the city’s main streets, the gallery is a wonderful place to explore quality modern-day art.
Another gallery worth checking out is the Chester Gallery in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre. Home to homegrown talent Emma Grzonkowski, it includes an eclectic mix of art and styles over two floors, including plenty of limited-edition pieces.
More of a shop – and a rather intriguing one at that – than a strict art gallery, Funky Aardvark is a mishmash of everything. They sell a range of rather quirky jewellery, clothes and knick-knacks, and also stock a decent array of artwork from local and national names. Plus, if that inspires you into action, they run regular art courses covering drawing, painting and pottery.
From military museums to detailed exhibitions that take you back in time, Chester can boast four top-notch museums including the family-friendly attraction Sick To Death. We’ve rounded up our favourites in our dedicated page to Chester museums.
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