Chester is the 14th most cultural city in Britain, beating the likes of Liverpool, London and Newcastle.

An analysis of cultural hotspots, such as music venues and theatres, by the Trinity Mirror Data Unit placed Chester's cultural clout 14th out of 50 British cities with a population of more than 50,000.

The city came third for restaurants in the Michelin guide with 25 in the surrounding area for every 100,000 people, seventh for Grade I listed buildings with 28 for every 100,000 people and 11th for libraries with 8.8 for every 100,000 people.

According to English Heritage Grade I listed buildings and monuments in Chester include the Roman Amphitheatre, Chester Castle, the Grosvenor Bridge, Church of St John the Baptist, Cowper House on Bridge Street, The Falcon Inn, The Eastgate Clock, The Rows, The Bear and Billet pub and the City Walls.

 

Restaurants in the city have also been awarded for excellence.  The Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor was awarded a Michelin star for the 25th year in a row last week and the Sticky Walnut in Hoole was named Restaurant of the Year in the AA Hospitality Awards.

However, Chester performed less well for the number of cinemas in the city, coming joint 50th out of 50, as well as for the number of music venues in the city, coming 21st out of 50.

The Odeon cinema closed in 2007, the same year that the city's Gateway theatre shut its doors, and the Cineworld Cinema in the Greyhound Retail Park showed its last film in October 2013.

The Theatre Trust lists Chester as having one theatre - the Forum Studio Theatre, home of Tip Top Productions - although Chester Little Theatre also has a venue in Newtown. 

Theatre lovers have also enjoyed five years of theatre in the park during the summer from the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and praise has been high for Theatre in the Quarter's recent tour of Over By Christmas.  In 2013, the city saw a critically acclaimed performance of the medieval Chester Mystery Plays and the Chester Literature Festival enjoys continued success.

In contrast to Chester's strong performance, Hull - set to be the UK City of Culture in 2017 - only managed to finish 39th out of the 50 cities in the study.

 

This means that it is less cultural than all three of the cities who it beat to become the future UK City of Culture.  Dundee (5th), Leicester (34th) and Swansea (38th) were all shortlisted along with Hull and all three finished ahead of them in the analysis.

Due to its economic performance London often tops lists of best cities to live in but despite the wealth of culture available in the capital London performed badly when compared to other smaller cities, finishing 33rd out of 50.

Oxford was found to be the most cultural city in Britain thanks largely to having the most Grade I listed buildings per head of population for any city.  Cambridge came second and Norwich finished in a surprising third. 

The analysis included figures on the number of cinemas, libraries, Michelin guide restaurants, music venues, museums, theatres and Grade I listed buildings in each of the 50 cities.

Every city was given a ranking for each of these measures and then ranked again based on their average ranking.            

See where Chester does well in the rankings:

 

The 15 most cultural cities in Britain with a population over 50,000 people:
 

Oxford
Cambridge
Norwich
Bath
Dundee
Lincoln
Exeter
Inverness
Manchester
Bristol
Aberdeen
York
Edinburgh
Chester
Newport, Wales
            

The ten least cultural cities in Britain with a population over 50,000 people:
 

Chelmsford
St. Albans
Leeds
Plymouth
Derby
Sheffield
Sunderland
Birmingham
Stoke
Bradford
Wakefield