Chester Castle Revealed

14 July 2017

Chester Castle opens this summer. From 20 July to 3 September visitors will be able to enter free of charge, wander around the site and experience the views. 

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 are now in 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 new pop up exhibition telling the fascinating story of the Castle, funded by the Earl of Chester Fund. 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.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing said: “As part of our strategy ‘The City is the stage’ we want to encourage and inspire people to connect with local heritage and to use the fabric of the City as a backdrop for interesting and engaging activities and events.

“We will be providing an opportunity for visitors to look around this historic site that has only been accessible for tour groups and closed to the public for many years.” Entry will be from the Castle Car Park and also a new entry from the City Walls that will enter the Castle via the Sally Port originally used as a secure entryway to the Castle. 

An exciting events programme will run every weekend. The first weekend hands over the Castle to the Norman’s as Big Heritage bring in re-enactors (and Pokémon). Chester artist Russell Kirk will be making banners and the Guild of Chester Tours will be onsite.

During the summer there will music performances by the Italian Youth Orchestra, City of Chester Brass Band and an acoustic area during the Chester Pride festival.  ‘Walking the Bard, promenade theatre, St George drops in, and there will be an aerial trapeze performance of Peter Pan. 

Details of the opening and events programme are available at www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/chestercastle where a short video also gives a glimpse behind the walls.
 

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