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The Roman Garden

Chester, Cheshire

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The "Roman Garden" is something of a misnomer. There is no indication that a garden existed on this site near Newgate during Roman times. The garden space was, in fact, created in the 1950s to display the finely carved building fragments from the Roman legionary fortress of Deva and artefacts found throughout Chester.

 The Hypocaust (underfloor heating system)


The gardens contain Roman columns from the exercise hall of the Roman bathhouse and they originally stood 6ft tall to support the stonework. A hypocaust can also be seen, which shows the advanced under floor heating system. The bathhouse would have contained a games room (basilica), sauna (sudatoria) and bathing halls and was built in AD 75.

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The gardens were re-modeled in 2000 to provide access to the River Dee. The design makes use of the steep gradients forming a pattern of snaking paths and geometric shapes. As well as steps taking you down each of the levels there is a winding gently sloping path which allows disabled access to the gardens. There are many trees and shrubs within the garden and the planting has been linked to Roman times by using plants what in their day would have been used for medicinal purposes, including Thyme, Salvia, Rosemary and Alchemilla. There are a number of marble effect benches around for you to sit and enjoy what you can see before you.

Interpretive panels/signs throughout the garden tell the story of Roman Chester and they give a brief history of the site and what you can see. Today it is less a Roman archaeology attraction than a quiet green space in the city centre.

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See Larger Image Panel at The Grove entrance
on the banks of the River Dee

Further information Grid



The Roman Garden, Pepper Street, Chester

Ceremonial County: Cheshire

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Map Link:


Aerial photo:

Google Aerial Photo



Best Times to Visit:





Chester City Roman Gardens

Other useful websites:

On the Arts Trail

Nearby Locations:

Chester Amphitheatre     Chester City Walls

Chester Castle

Other Relevant pages: Cheshire Attractions   Cheshire Gardens


Planning Grid


The Roman Garden, Pepper Street, Chester

Grid Reference:


Getting there:

Just outside the city walls, SE of the city


Top entrance off Pepper Street and bottom entrance off of The Grove which runs alongside the River Dee.


limited amounts of car parking in The Grove, but plenty of car parks in the city.


seating and grass areas

Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Roman relics, plants and trees, some parts of the City Walls

What to take:


Nature highlights:

butterflies and insects, shrubs and berry producing trees and shrubs


Roman Garden
Pepper Street




01244 402 397

Opening times:

Any time



Photo Restrictions:


Other Restrictions: None
Special Needs Access: via a gently sloping path from Pepper Street down
Special Needs Facilities: None specific
Children Facilities:  
Dogs Allowed: Yes - on leads

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By: Tracey Park Section: Gardens Section Key:
Page Ref: roman_gardens Topic: Gardens Last Updated: 03/2011

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