Chester Castle

Views from Chester Castle
In Partnership with English Heritage
20 July to 16 September

The Castle will open Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s from 10.30am to 4pm with free entry to the grounds.

This year visitors can also climb to the top of the Agricola 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. Access will also be available to the first floor 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.

Site Information before your visit

Activities at the Castle
Throughout the summer the castle offers a range of family friendly activities for visitors to the site. Outdoor games and an exhibition of art work will be available to view across the opening other events are just on certain days.

Outdoor games
Come and have a go at Giant Jenga, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Beanbag toss, skipping in the castle yard.

‘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.

Saturday 8 September
12.30pm – 3.30pm
Wolfgate Border Morris is a colourful new dance group based in Chester, performing stick and hanky dances for visitors to enjoy. They will also encourage visitors to join in, get dressed up (with raggy jackets and sticks), and have fun.

Sunday 9 September
1.30-2.00pm and 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Internationally renowned City of Chester Male Voice Choir return to the Castle on 9 September.
This award winning male voice choir was formed nearly 80 years ago and has been a firm favourite of Chester audiences since. The Choir is pleased to follow up last year’s popular appearance at Chester Castle with a repeat performance this year. As well as entertaining the visitors to The Castle the choir is always seeking to encourage new members to join them. For further details see their website

Sunday 16 September
11:30am – 12:10pm and 1:00pm – 1:40pm
City of Chester Brass Band (established in the early 1850s) will be performing again with us at Chester Castle. This year the Band has taken part in the traditional Whit Friday March Contests held in the Saddleworth and Tameside areas on 25 May. This event followed 10 exhilarating performances as the Grimley Colliery Band in the play: “Brassed Off” with Tip Top Productions.
For further information about the main, training and junior bands please visit:

All activities are free.

Estelle’s artworks are up in the tower so there is an entry fee of £2 to view these, unless members of English Heritage