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New children's treasure hunt launches for October half-term

Visitors of all ages can now find out more about one of Chester's most visited attractions, the Rows, thanks to a treasure hunt, self-guided audio tour, and exhibition.

The medieval open walkways that line the city centre – which are unique in the world – pass through a rich architectural mix of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings at first-floor level, creating beautiful double-decker streets steeped in history. Now their story is being told for free in different entertaining ways.

Young children can experience these intriguing structures on the free new Time Travelling Treasure Hunt as they search for a secret password that will foil the efforts of a mysterious society of time lords intent on locking Chester in a pocket in time. The trail is available from the Visitor Information Centre from October half-term.

Older visitors can tune in to the free Discover The Rows self-guided audio tour, which explains how the buildings were developed to provide storage, retail and accommodation and linked to others with a connecting walkway. The tour delves into the history of different buildings as the listener browses today's attractive mix of shops that occupy its spaces.

A free new exhibition examining the evolution and development of the Rows during the past 700 years will be on show at the Grosvenor Museum until 30 April 2023. 'On Another Level: Exploring the Unique Rows of Chester' brings together extensive architectural research and archaeological investigations of specific buildings.  
 
The exhibition also features scenes of the Rows from the museum's unrivalled collection of Victorian watercolours by the artist Louise Rayner. These will include a ‘never before seen’ picture by her, permanently donated by Big Heritage, creators of Chester's popular Sick to Death and Deva Roman Discovery Centre attractions. There will also be modern pieces of conceptual artwork inspired by The Rows, such as ‘Ellen’s Dress’ by Rachel Davies.

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