Chester Castle will be open again over the summer months, at the end of this month and then from late July until mid September.
Last year, enthusiastic volunteers were credited with having a huge impact on the success of the castle’s opening and there is an opportunity to take part in ‘Views from the Castle’ again this year. (More details on this further on.)
Chester Castle will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 20th July until 16th September.
The castle and tower will also open on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June as a part of the Chester Heritage Festival. (Pre-booking will be necessary for these two days.)
Visitors will be able to wander around and experience the historic site free of charge.
Access will be available to the ground floor of the 12th century Agricola Tower which will house a pop up exhibition telling the fascinating story of Chester Castle which can be traced back to 907 AD.
This year visitors can also climb to the top of the tower for a unique panorama view from the roof. There will be a small charge of £2 per person to climb the tower and numbers will be limited.
The castle is being reopened as part of a partnership between Cheshire West and Chester Council and English Heritage, whose members will be able to visit the roof top free of charge.
CWAC’s Cllr Louise Gittins commented: “We had a truly dedicated group of history lovers volunteering last year and I’m sure this year will be no different.
“Volunteers make a huge contribution to the visitor experience across all our museum sites in West Cheshire and we really appreciate their hard work and dedication.
“Once again visitors will be able to look around this historic site that opened last year for the first time in many years.
“Volunteers this summer will support in a whole range of areas, including welcoming and directing visitors, helping them to engage with the site and its place in Chester’s history, assisting with activities and events, gathering visitor feedback and looking after the new roof top viewing area.”
If you have an interest and enthusiasm in heritage and history, have good communication skills and enjoy bringing history to life for visitors then this would be an ideal volunteering opportunity for you.
All volunteers will be provided with a full induction.
Further information and application forms can be found at the West Cheshire Museums volunteering page.