Chester audio tour: Haunted Chester: A Spooky Stroll around the Roman-Walled City

Haunted Chester: A Spooky Stroll around the Roman-Walled City

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

If you like ghostly goings-on and spooky stories, then this walking tour around the centre of the historic city of Chester offers tantalising tales of the supernatural.

We’ll visit some familiar landmarks — but don't expect a dry history lecture. I know my home city well and will be highlighting some of the hidden corners that you don't find on typical tours. After all, I'm a local boy and I’ll be sharing my insider knowledge.

On this tour, you’ll hear about:

• Roman soldiers still guarding their historic garrison
• The grisly tale of Chester's last public execution
• The ghostly monk that haunts the city's spookiest passageway
• Chester's only official exorcism

Allow one hour for this walk. There are plenty of cafes and bars along the route for a quick coffee stop.

Whether it’s your first time in the city or you’re a local keen to learn more about your home, Haunted Chester is the perfect way to see it in a different light.

Tour Producer


David Atkinson

Hi, I'm a Chester-based writer and tourist guide. I run a blog about travel around my home patch of Chester and North Wales. Find out more at

Major Landmarks

  • Chester Cathedral

  • Roman Amphitheatre

  • St John's Church

  • Eastgate Clock

Directions to Starting Point

Please start outside the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) next to the Tow Hall on Town Hall Square.

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Places to stop along the way

Lower Bridge Street has cafes a-plenty for take-away coffees; pop into art centre Storyhouse after the tour for brunch, books and event booking.

Best time of day

Suitable all day but especially atmospheric after dark.


Watch out for some slippy cobblestones, steep steps and uneven surfaces; wear strong shoes.


I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about my home city. An hour to myself walking the route in the sunshine, listening to the history and spooky goings on in Chester. I particularly appreciated the clever GPS link to allow time to stop and walk the tour at your own pace. Loved it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Great, glad you enjoyed it. The GPS is really clever, allowing you to stop and soak it up.

Posted by David , 9 months ago

Really enjoyed the tour. Have visited Chester many times, but had not heard these stories before. Was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and learnt a lot about the city. A great mix of history and tales which were weaved really nicely in the narrative. Easy to use and follow. Great that it is hands free and you can enjoy the sights as you listen. Would definitely recommend as a great introduction to the city and the sights.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

Many thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed the tour and hope it has inspired more visits to Chester in the future.

Posted by David , 10 months ago

Really enjoyed this spooky tour, narrated by local David Atkinson, on VoiceMap. What an experience, easy to download & use. Best of all hands free, which meant my husband & I could walk enjoying the experience whilst drinking from our flasks & eating snacks!

Being born & raised in the city I was amazed at the tales & facts the calm & informative narrator, David, told us! Great for locals in lock down & bubbles as an outdoor fun activity. Tourists will love it too, when welcomed back soon to the city of Chester. Definitely worth checking out for a daytime or (if brave) evening hours activity.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

Thanks for your comment. The tour is great for social distancing and it was a good idea to bring snacks.

Posted by David , 10 months ago

Not only sends shivers down the spine, but takes you to some of the most beautiful spots of the city. A great way to see Chester, learn snippets of its history and enjoy an hour or so of entertaining stories. Thoroughly recommended.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

Posted by David , 10 months ago

Thanks for a very enjoyable tour. An excellent way to spend an hour in our beautiful home City. We’re not particularly into the paranormal but still enjoyed it. Would love a historical walking tour of Chester in the future!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago

Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing our home city in a new light. Watch this space for more tour news, or follow me on Twitter @atkinsondavid.

Posted by David , 11 months ago
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Haunted Chester: A Spooky Stroll around the Roman-Walled City