Chester Castle is in the city of Chester, Cheshire, England. It is sited at the southwest extremity of the area bounded by the city walls. The castle stands on an eminence overlooking the River Dee. In the castle complex are the remaining parts of the medieval castle together with the neoclassical buildings designed by Thomas Harrison which were built between 1788 and 1813. Parts of the neoclassical buildings are used today as Crown Courts and as a military museum. The museum and the medieval remains are a tourist attraction.
The castle was built in 1070 by Hugh d'Avranches, the second Earl of Chester. It is possible that it was built on the site of an earlier Saxon fortification but this has not been confirmed. The original structure would have been a motte-and-bailey castle with a wooden tower. In the 12th century the wooden tower was replaced by a square stone tower, the Flag Tower. During the same century the stone gateway to the inner bailey was built. This is now known as the Agricola Tower and on its first floor is the chapel of St Mary de Castro. The chapel contains items of Norman architecture. In the 13th century, during the reign of Henry III, the walls of an outer bailey were built, the gateway in the Agricola Tower was blocked up and residential accommodation, including a Great Hall, was built along the south wall of the inner bailey. Later in the century, during the reign of Edward I, a new gateway to the outer bailey was built. This was flanked by two half-drum towers and had a drawbridge over a moat 8 metres (26 ft) deep. Further additions to the castle at this time included individual chambers for the King and Queen, a new chapel and stables.
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Derek Maxwell | Dec 7, 2017
Couldn't get inside, as it apparently closes down for the winter. We got a view of the outside, but it wasn't quite the same.
Anon User | Jul 5, 2017
Looked great from the outside, but as described on the website- entry is only available via pre booked tours. Without this it's best viewed from a walk along the city wall.
Ralph Twiss | Jan 8, 2018
Like to score more .... but it has been closed on our last 2 visits...... so check before you visit!
Robert Wilde | Jul 21, 2017
Really intresting will be great once its fully done up
TMD CRAFT | Jan 6, 2017
This is a wonderful city. With many great places! This was great walking along the wall. So peaceful and nice...
Tomas Johansson | May 2, 2018
Another nice castle from the 11th century. For me it was the highlight of the trip when travelling around the UK, back in 2001, to see all these old castles and fortifications everywhere in diffrent designs and sizes. Many still in good condition and maintained, both small once and other massive.
John Reece | Apr 11, 2018
Chester Castle is the HQ of my old Regiment the 22nd Cheshire Regiment, the museum is really great and is run by David one of our Veteran Regimental Brothers, definitely a must visit.
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