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
Christmas in the Castle: Saturday 2nd December, 11am-3pm & 4pm- 6:30pm
Come and join us for our family friendly christmas event at Chester Castle. There will be medieval music in the courtyard, the chance to meet St Nicholas and hear all about how Christmas was celebrated in the medieval and victorian times. The bookshop will be open and you can have a go at some traditional christmas crafts. Entry is Free but donations are encouraged. Entrance is via the county courts carpark or city walls.
More information about all our events and activities at Chester Castle is posted on our facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/ChestercastleandAgricolatower/
Before You Go
Chester Castle will be open every weekend from Saturday 13th May until Sunday 29th 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.