Those responsible for promoting Chester to the wider world, insist it has rightfully earned its place as one of the "prettiest" cities in Europe.
The North West city beat both Venice and Prague, in a survey of American tourists by the USA Today newspaper.
Marketing chiefs say it is "no real surprise":
From Roman times people have been drawn to Chester. Today people come here for romance and relaxation because we offer the wonderful combination of natural beauty with the River Dee and the meadows and a lively historic centre with our unique shopping 'Rows' and Roman walls. There is literally nowhere quite like it.
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