The 12th-century Agricola Tower was the first stone gateway to Chester Castle, which had been founded by William the Conqueror in 1070 in the south-west part of the city. On the first floor is the chapel of St Mary de Castro, which contains some exceptionally fine wall paintings from about 1240. By climbing the nearby stairs to the wall-walk, you can appreciate the castle's position within the city.
Chester Castle Events 2024
We have a number of other exciting events confirmed for Chester Castle this year. See below for dates, with more details to follow.
27th and 28th April - First World War
11th and 12th May- Medieval
22nd and 23rd June - Multi Period
14th and 15th September - Civil War
29th, 30th and 31st October - Torch Light Tour
30th November- Christmas at the Castle
Before You Go
Chester Castle will be open every weekend from 1st April- 31st October , 11am-2pm. Opening will be dependent on volunteer availability so there may be instances where we have to close. It may be possible to access the Castle outside of these days for group visits. Please contact FSWEnquiries@english-heritage.org.uk
On open days entry is via the law courts carpark. Our friendly team will be there to meet you.
Parking: There are plenty of public car parks in the city centre, all within walking distance from the site. Charges apply.
Plan a Great Day Out
Combine your visit to Chester Castle with a trip to Chester Roman Amphitheatre, the largest of its kind in Britain.
For spectacular views head to Beeston Castle, one of the most dramatically sited fortresses in England. Once you've climbed the hill to the castle keep, reward yourself at the Sandstone Café, which offers a tempting range of hot and cold drinks and snacks.