Tour Locations | Haunted Chester: A Spooky Stroll around the Roman-Walled City
The haunted passage
Turn left here and follow the path round the front of the building, walking past a plaque that marks the western facade of the church. Then stop in front of the bell tower.
The collapse of the Bell Tower set free one of Chester's most famous ghosts, a monk that has haunted the passageway to your right ever since. But who is the mystery man? Cestrians believe the mystery man could be King Harold Godwinson, the vanquished Saxon king who got something in his eye at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It’s a story we all know from school history classes and one made famous by the Bayeux Tapestry.
Waltham Abbey in Essex claims the last resting place of King Harold. But Chester offers a different version of the story.
Local historians suggest that Harold’s mistress, Edith Swan Neck, rescued her lover from the battlefield and brought him to Chester to live out his days in The Hermitage, the building you saw before.
Disguised as a monk, he blended into the local community of holy men, Edith bringing supplies to his secret Chester hideaway.
It’s easy to dismiss the story as ghost-tale tosh but the sightings over the year offer first-hand accounts.
Could it be?
Let's keep moving. Walk back to the main path, then turn left and continue walking, using the elevated walkway that looks down over Chester's famous Roman Amphitheatre. The excavated remains of the Amphitheatre will be on your right below.