A stroll into the past...
Tudor & Stuart Walking Tour of Chester
Explore early modern Chester through the eyes of those who built some its most beautiful historic buildings and hear tales of dissolution, pestilence and civil war.
Georgian & Regency Walking Tour of Lancaster
Explore Lancaster through the eyes of those working its roads, admiring beautiful historic buildings as you hear tales of its everyday industries, entertainments and conflicts.
"Really enjoyable and interesting tour, the guide clearly knew his stuff and shared lots of stories about Chester and the Stuart/Tudor period (and a few ghost stories thrown in...). Fantastic to see inside Stanley Palace, and lots of tips on other buildings to visit."
"Back in London now but thank you so much for your tour of Lancaster yesterday. Christine and I really enjoyed it. You spoke well and clearly even tho in character and linked up for me many of the buildings I had noticed as I walked to and fro. It's a really good enterprise and I wish you luck."
"The tour lasted 90 minutes and Miles was able to tell us many interesting facts about the Tudor/Stuart history in Chester. He was excellent with my daughter who is a budding historian, taking time to answer questions and gave her encouragement to learn more."
"Having some one to lead you and explain things that occurred or may not have occurred, around the period of history involved in the tour, is both entertaining and enlightening."
"The guide Miles Mason took us on a walking tour of some of Chester's tudor buildings, including the beautiful Stanley Palace, which the group was show around by the guide. Thoroughly recommend."
"I found the tour very informative. It has made me look at parts of the city that I thought I knew well in a different light. I thought the guide was excellent ."
A brief history of Chester and Lancaster
Scroll through the timeline to discover some fascinating local facts...
Wars of the Roses end
Henry VII grants Chester its great charter
Pilgrimage of Grace rebels arrive in Lancaster
Henry VIII dissolves Chester‘s friaries, turning St Werburgh’s Abbey into new cathedral
Lancaster Priory dissolved, reopening as parish church
Birth of William Shakespeare
Death of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch
visits Chester on northern progress
visits Lancaster Castle on northern progress
William III brings troops to Chester for Irish campaign
Death of Anne I, the last Stuart monarch
Precautionary walling up of Chester’s Watergate and Northgate against Jacobites
Bonnie Prince Charlie arrives in Lancaster with 5000 Jacobites (www.visitlancaster.org.uk)
John Poole publishes Chester Chronicle
publishes Lancaster Gazette
Start of Napoleonic Wars
Duke of Wellington visits Park House, Chester
Princess Victoria opens the Grosvenor Bridge in Chester