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Solar eclipse: Top places to view the phenomenon from in and around Chester

Watch Chester and Ellesmere Port plunge into darkness during this rare event

Make sure you wear your solar eclipse glasses

Tomorrow, Friday, March 20, Chester and Ellesmere Port will become eerily dark as we travel to school and work during the first solar eclipse in the UK for more than 15 years.

We have put together some ideas of where to get the best view of the eclipse (wearing the correct eye protection of course) or the changing light over the city and surrounding areas:

 Chester City Walls

View Chester Racecourse change from light to dark from the walls on Nuns Road

Chester Racecourse

The Queen's Park suspension bridge

Watch the River Dee change colour as the sun disappears

Queen's Park Suspension Bridge

Frodsham

You will get a good view of Frodsham being plunged into darkness from Overton Hill

View of Frodsham from Overton Hill(Image: Ian Cooper)

Cheshire Plains

For a fabulous view of the light disappearing over the Cheshire Plains, the energetic might want to climb to Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle looking towards Chester

Helsby

You could do worse than climb up Helsby Hill but please don't look directly at the sun

Helsby Hill(Image: whysports)

Burwardsley

If you want to make sure you can get a coffee after your eclipse experience, The Pheasant Inn at Burwardsley is open from 11am

The Pheasant Inn at Burwardsley

Chester Town Hall Square

The Chester Astronomical Society will be hosting an event in Town Hall Square from 8.30am on Friday. Three hundred years ago, Henry Prescott, the then deputy registrar of Chester Diocese , observed a similar eclipse from this location, an event recorded in his diary which is held by the Chester Records Office. The society will have safe observing equipment available for members of the public to view the eclipse.

Chester Town Hall

Let's hope that the weather forecast is wrong, however, otherwise we won't see a thing!

A map from BBC Weather shows clouds for Chester for the solar eclipse

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