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13 February, 2020


Chester Castle opened up for preview tours


Cheshire West and Chester Council, in partnership with English Heritage, is running one-off, behind-the-scenes tours of the Agricola Tower at Chester Castle.

The tours – which will run on 21st and 28th August – will allow visitors to experience a closer look at the ongoing work being done to preserve the iconic tower as well as meeting the team behind the conservation initiative.

As well as learning more about the intricacies of conserving a historic building such as this, visitors will be able to climb to the top of the tower and see rare wall paintings in the chapel.

Laura Reynolds, from English Heritage which manages Chester Castle, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer these tours in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

“With the scaffolding being up over the past few months the tower has been hidden; but now visitors will be able to get an insight into the work that we’ve been doing and the steps that we’re taking to preserve this iconic tower.”

The 12th century Agricola Tower was the first stone gateway into Chester Castle, which was founded by William the Conqueror in 1070.

The castle became the administrative centre of the earldom of Chester.

On the tower’s first floor is the chapel of St Mary de Castro which contains a number of fine wall paintings dating from around 1240.

The 45 minute tours cost £5 per person and will run at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Tickets can be booked by contacting 01244 972 197 (10.30am-4.30pm, Mon to Sat).



Chester Castle

Grosvenor Street


Cheshire CH1 2DN

Meet your guides at the castle gate (far corner of Castle Car Park)