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Chester Castle

Castle Street, Chester. CH1 2DN • 0370 333 1181
Chester Castle, Chester
Chester Castle, Chester

Chester Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1070 and became the administrative centre of the earldom of Chester. The first earth and timber ‘motte-and-bailey’ castle probably only occupied the area of the inner bailey. In the 12th century it was rebuilt in stone and the outer bailey added.

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.

The Castle now serves as a Crown Court and is also part of the University of Chester. Whilst the outside is free to view, visits inside are by guided tour only.


No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

Chester Tours run charged guided tours; the "Secret Tour" includes a visit to the Castle and Agricola Tower. There are two tours per month departing from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre.


Advance booking required.


Located to the south west of the city centre at the Grosvenor Roundabout end of Castle Street.

Getting There:

National Rail Chester railway station: 20 minutes walk.


Parking available nearby - payment required.

Chester Castle, Castle Street, Chester. CH1 2DN • 0370 333 1181

Last Updated Wednesday 15 April 2020

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