Chester City Walls King Charles’ Tower open to the public this weekend

This weekend 17th and 18th September between 10am and 4pm walkers around Chester City Walls will be able to venture into King Charles’ Tower, a rare treat.

The opening of King Charles’ Tower is part of Heritage Open Days 2022 – 9th-18th September – England’s largest festival of history and culture where each September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate history and culture.

Visitors will be able to tour the two-storey tower free of charge, courtesy of volunteers from Cheshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust (CHBPT) and learn more about its fascinating history and restoration in 2013. Mike Graham, English Civil War Re-enactor will be returning to entertain visitors and enrich the experience on Saturday as he did last weekend.

Tony Barton, Chair of Trustees for CHBPT said: “We had over 400 visitors go round the two floors of the Tower last weekend and leave generous donations for the work of CHBPT. This is probably the first time the Tower has been open to the public for over four years. Mike Graham was a fantastic addition for visitors and the children loved him, he really brought some of the history of the Tower to life.”

Jane Harrad-Roberts, a Volunteer at CHBPT added; “Many visitors thought we’d opened the Tower to honour the new King Charles III but it was coincidental. However, if he or Prince William the new Earl of Chester choose to visit soon, I’m sure we can open the Tower again for them.”

Visitors will be asked for a voluntary donation to the work of Cheshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust.

LtoR: 1. Mike Graham instructing and 2. outside the upper floor of King Charles’ Tower, 3. Jane Harrad-Roberts, Mike Graham and Tony Barton.

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