West Chester is the county seat of Chester County, surrounded by the stunning Brandywine Valley. Its gorgeous location provides easy access to numerous parks, trails, and scenic vistas including Marshall Square Park, Hoopes Park, M. John Johnson Nature Center, Broad Run Golf Club, and more. The region offers many activities, including biking and fishing, as well as Longwood Gardens and the Tyler Arboretum, both just a short drive away.
VIBRANT, HISTORIC COMMUNITY
West Chester Borough is an active community, boasting a host of shopping, dining, business, and recreation options. The annual Halloween and Christmas parades are local institutions, as is the farmer’s market, open most Saturdays year-round.
Visit the downtown area, which includes businesses, public buildings, libraries, restaurants, historic buildings, and stores. The historic Chester County Courthouse is a grand Classical Revival building, built in 1846 by Thomas Walter, who later designed the U.S. Capitol dome.
Visit Chester County Historical Society to learn more about the area’s rich history, and enjoy the Chester County Arts Center, featuring galleries, special exhibitions, art classes, auctions, and more.
THE PLUSES OF A “COLLEGE TOWN”
This is not your average college town: West Chester is home to one of the best public universities in the region. West Chester University offers more than 118 undergraduate programs and 103 graduate programs, as well as over 20 Division II athletic teams.
Check out some of West Chester University’s great sporting events, plays and performances, art showcases, and lectures that are open to the public! The university’s Francis Harvey Green Library is an excellent place to do research, and residents of West Chester can apply for a library card.
MUSEUMS & MORE
West Chester offers a great blend of cultural opportunities and unique offerings. Three generations of Wyeth family paintings are housed in the nearby Brandywine River Valley museum. You may also want to visit the American Helicopter Museum. Experience history at Brandywine Battlefield, the site of a significant Revolutionary War battle, or take the studio tour at QVC.
The Chester County Golf and Country Club, located near the Borough town center, offers an exciting course in a gorgeous and serene setting. The recently renovated Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center offers Classic Movie Mondays, exciting dance, operatic, and theatrical performances, and a variety of concerts.
SHOPPING AND DINING
West Chester’s diverse dining options will please the most eclectic tastes. Just a few examples include Cajun fare at High Street Cafe, Italian dishes at Limoncello, specialty prepared items from Carlino’s, pastries from La Baguette Magique, and fine dining at Pietro’s Prime Steakhouse. Additionally, charming stores in downtown West Chester and the nearby West Goshen Shopping Center provide plenty of shopping opportunities.
QUALITY AND CONVENIENCE
West Chester’s prime location pairs its unique urban environment and small-town charm with easy access to the countryside and all that Chester County offers. West Chester is also convenient to major highways including I-76, I-95, and Route 202.
Residents of this community are served by the top-rated West Chester School District and a wealth of options for private school choices. The Borough’s own Chester County Hospital, affiliated with Penn Medicine, is one of the best in the region.