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 Open Weekends 2022
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June – Medieval Mayhem
Come and join us for this free event at Chester Castle. Visitors can immerse themselves in medieval castle life and learn all about cookery,medicine, crafts and music from our living history team. Suitable for all ages. Entry to the castle is via the Crown Court carpark.
Future open weekend dates: Civil War Event, 17th & 18th September 2022
Before You Go
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.