Working in Chester

Chester’s economy is stimulated by the university students, many of whom go on to live and work in Chester after graduating. As such, you’ll find it has a lively working population alongside the student community.

Industries within Chester include design, marketing and health (as well as law, of course), so you can expect a varied and interesting client base if you practise here.

Law firms include local and regional firms within the Cheshire and north-west areas, as well as boutique firms specialising in specific areas of practice.

Chester has a young professionals group, and lawyers moving to the area for the first time should get in touch with Cheshire and North Wales Junior Lawyers Division. 

Chester culture

Chester is a small city, with around 120,000 residents, so it won’t take long for you to figure out your way around. This means it has a community feel; you will likely know your neighbours and see the odd friendly face when shopping on the double-tiered high street, The Rows.

It’s also a cultural hub, with two festivals per year, for literature and music respectively. The recently-built Storyhouse boasts two theatres, a cinema and a library.

You’ll find plenty by way of food to eat in Chester, with a smattering of independent restaurants, bistros and fine dining options.

History is a big part of living and working in the city: you could find yourself wandering past the city walls—which date back to Roman times—on your walk to work. You have the choice of living in a Georgian townhouse and shopping in Tudor buildings.

Chester nightlife

- Enjoy fine dining at the Michelin-starred Arkle, or Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor.

- Head to the races for a truly authentic Chester experience.

Commonhall St Social is a delightful local pub with a beer garden for the summer months.

- Fiesta Havana and Rosies offer the full night-out experience for when you need to let your hair down.

- From local pubs to cocktail bars, there are plenty of places to grab an after-work drink.

Chester Activities

- Take a stroll back in time by walking the Roman walls.

- Have a sugar-filled breakfast at Hanky Panky pancakes.

- Do a spot of shopping at Cheshire Oaks; a huge retail outlet.

- Take a day trip to North Wales—just 30 minutes away!

- Treat anyone who comes to stay to a river cruise along the River Dee.

- Visit the largest zoo in the UK!

Chester Transport

As a small city, Chester is easily walkable, as well as featuring a park-and-ride and bus service. You can access other major cities via the railway station: Manchester (complete with an international airport), Liverpool and Crewe are all nearby, and London is two hours away.

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