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Chester Castle

Take a guided tour of the tower and ruins of this 11th-century castle, which served as a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War. 

Chester Castle is an ancient royal fortress located at the edge of Chester city. Guided tours of the castle offer a glimpse into its 900 years of history. Wander between the ruined castle walls, visit a chapel, admire wall paintings and enjoy panoramic views from the battlements. 

William the Conqueror ordered the construction of an earth and timber fortress on this site in 1070. Building of the stone structure began in the 1100s and continued into the late 1200s. It was home to dukes, earls and kings. Both Henry III and his son Edward I started invasions of North Wales from the castle. Royalist leader John Byron held his headquarters here in the Civil War of the 1640s and it later became a military garrison. 

The surviving medieval features of the castle are in the inner bailey, which is the fortified enclosure. It also contains barracks and a weapons room. Read information about the castle in the former guardroom. 

Rising above a corner of the inner bailey is the 12th-century Agricola Tower. This was once the main entrance to the castle and is notable for the vaulted ceilings on the ground floor level. Climb to the tower’s second floor to find a chapel dedicated to St. Mary de Castro. The chapel’s walls are adorned with murals.  

Steps lead from the tower onto the castle walls, from where you can enjoy superb views of Chester. Spot the Old Dee Bridge, which is the historical river crossing into Wales, and a defensive gun platform built to ward off attacks launched by Bonnie Prince Charlie. 

The castle is a short walk from Chester’s city center and other major attractions such as Chester Cathedral and the Grosvenor Museum. Parking is available for a fee near the castle. 

Chester Castle is open for guided tours on the first Tuesday and third Friday of the month between April and October. Ask at the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre for details of other opening hours. 


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The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection £59
The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection

The Queen at Chester, BW Premier Collection

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grosvenor Park, Chester Racecourse and Chester City Walls. Chester Cathedral and University of Chester are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

    Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western £39
    Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

    Chester, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western

       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Chester, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park, Chester City Walls and Chester Cathedral. Chester Racecourse and University of Chester are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

      ABode Chester £74
      ABode Chester

      ABode Chester

      Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Chester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Museum and Chester Racecourse. Chester Cathedral and Chester City Walls are also within 15 minutes. Chester Station is 21 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Indigo Chester £72
        Hotel Indigo Chester

        Hotel Indigo Chester

           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Chester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grosvenor Park, Chester Cathedral and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse and University of Chester are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Crowne Plaza Chester £85
          Crowne Plaza Chester

          Crowne Plaza Chester

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Cathedral, Grosvenor Museum and Chester Racecourse. Roman Amphitheatre and Chester Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km). Chester Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bache Station is 27 minutes.

            Roomzzz Chester City £62
            Roomzzz Chester City

            Roomzzz Chester City

            Norroy House, Nuns Road, Chester, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Chester, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral. Chester City Walls and University of Chester are also within 15 minutes. Chester Station is 20 minutes by foot.

              The Mill Hotel & Spa £61
              The Mill Hotel & Spa

              The Mill Hotel & Spa

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Chester, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grosvenor Park and Chester City Walls. Chester Racecourse and Chester Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chester Station is 6 minutes by foot and Bache Station is 29 minutes.

                The Townhouse Chester, BW Signature Collection £60
                The Townhouse Chester, BW Signature Collection

                The Townhouse Chester, BW Signature Collection

                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Chester, this hotel is steps away from Old Dee Bridge, Grosvenor Museum and Dewa Roman Experience. Chester Castle and Roman Amphitheatre are also within 10 minutes. Chester Station is 18 minutes by foot.