Chester Castle will be open again this summer, from 20th July to 16th September.
The castle will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (10.30am – 4pm) with free entry into the grounds.
This year visitors can also climb to the top of the Agricola Tower for a unique panoramic view of the city from the roof. There will be a charge of £2 per person to climb the tower and numbers will be limited.
Access will also be available to the first floor of the Chapel of St Mary de Castro, now the regimental chapel, thanks to the permission of the Mercian Regiment.
The castle is being reopened in partnership with English Heritage. Their members will be able to visit the roof top free of charge.
Chester Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1070 and became the administrative centre of the Earldom of Chester.
The Agricola Tower and Castle Walls come under the care of English Heritage, who are supporting the Chester Castle Revealed project.
Visitors will be able to look around the 12th century Agricola Tower which will house a pop up exhibition telling the fascinating story of the Castle.
Cllr Louise Gittins, CWAC cabinet member for communities and wellbeing, said: “Following the success of last year’s opening, visitors have another chance to look around Chester Castle. This year’s opening days reflect the most popular days for visits last year.
“We have an interesting events programme to help animate the Castle and I’m sure many people will take the chance to view Chester from the rooftop.”
Kate Potter, from English Heritage added: “Due to the success of last year’s opening, we are thrilled to be able to support Cheshire West and Chester Council in welcoming visitors to the castle’s Agricola Tower.
“This gives everyone the opportunity to experience the rich and varied history of this wonderful site. The castle will be open between July and September and we look forward to welcoming visitors in.”
Entry will be from the Castle Car Park and also from the city walls using the sally port originally used as a secure entryway to the castle.
‘Ecce Iterum’ (Latin for ‘see again’) is an exhibition at the castle featuring the work of three Chester based artists. Kate Gater, Alexandru Modoi and Estelle Woolley have created new art works that reflect and respond to the Castle and its history.
The artworks include sound, photography and sculpture, to draw attention to some of the castle’s hidden features. The artworks will be on display throughout the opening of the Castle.
‘Crafts from the Past’
The Cheshire Archives team will be bringing ‘Crafts from the Past’ to the Castle on 10th and 17th August, visitors will be able to have a go at writing like a Tudor, make a coat of arms and create illuminated letters.
‘Chill Out Zone’
The castle will be linking up with Chester Pride again this year to play host to their ‘Chill Out Zone’ on 11th August.
To mark 100 years of women having the right to vote, The Grosvenor Museum’s youth panel will be creating a ‘militant’ atmosphere on the streets of Chester.
They’ll be marching with their sashes and banners, demanding that women are given the right to vote, chaining themselves to railings, getting heckled by a Lord and arrested by an Edwardian policeman.
All in a day’s work for a Suffragette: 25th August (2.30 – 3pm).
On 1st and 2nd September, Chester Castle hosts a multi-period re-enactment from Chester Living History in partnership with other re-enactment societies.
They will bring the past to life, giving a taste of what life was like between the years 1070 and 1945.
City of Chester Male Voice Choir
The City of Chester Male Voice Choir return to the Castle on 9th September.
For more information, please visit: westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/chestercastle