Grosvenor Museum

Vicky Andrews
Courtesy of The Grosvenor Museum

The Grosvenor Museum is a treasure trove of amazing artefacts and exhibitions which tell the epic story of Chester through the ages. Inside this impressive Grade II-listed building you’ll find exhibits that cover an enormous variety of subjects including archaeology, fine art, music, fashion, social history, science, religion, weapons, coins and commerce.

The museum dates back to 1886, designed by the Chester-trained architect Thomas Meakin Lockwood, who gained a national reputation for his designs in the city, including the black and white mock Tudor revival at 1 Bridge Street in The Rows.

At the back of the museum at 20 Castle Street is the Period House which depicts the way in which domestic interiors have changed through the centuries including an Edwardian bathroom, Georgian dining room and Victorian parlour.

There are, of course, plenty of Roman exhibits, including the skeleton of a Roman man that was found in the well of a mansio (a sort of Roman travel inn) just behind the museum. There are also carved tombstones and memorials of Roman people which are used with other media to paint an intricate picture of what life was really like for this ancient civilisation which had such a significant influence on the modern world.

Other highlights include a dazzling collection of Chester silver with trophy cups from Chester Racecourse, and a geology collection with over 4,000 specimens, notably Chirotherium footprints and tail marks (not a dinosaur, but one of their ancestors) which are the only remains that we have of this animal.

Grosvenor Museum offers hours of fun for all ages, with interactive exhibitions and super-friendly staff. It’s a brilliant way to piece together the history of Chester and is well worth visiting for the art collection alone, which spans more than 500 years via paintings, drawings and sculptures in the main gallery and period rooms. Admission to the museum is free but it easily deserves the recommended donation of £3 per person.

27 Grosvenor StreetChesterCH1 2DD View map
Telephone: 01244972197 Visit Now

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Friday10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday10:30am - 5:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

What's on near Grosvenor Museum

An image captured from overhead of two men embracing. One is seated, and the other is kneeling.
On the other side at FACT

‘On the other side’ at FACT presents the work of three artists, thoroughly examining themes of authority, power and control.

free entry
Old Dock Tours, Liverpool

The Old Dock tour is a treat for younger and older visitors alike, fans of Liverpool’s maritime past, and anybody curious about local history.

£8.50 with concessions

Where to go near Grosvenor Museum

Tourist Attraction
Chester Castle

Chester Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in 1070 and became the administrative centre of the earldom of Chester.

Gallery stock image
Event venue
St Mary’s Creative Space

St Mary’s Creative Space in Cheshire is a rehearsal and exhibition space which regularly has exciting projects on for the public.

Oddfellows hotel, Chester

Oddfellows hotel inhabits a Georgian townhouse right bang in the middle of Chester, only moments away from the river.

St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester
Event venue
St Mary’s Creative Space

St Mary’s is a fantastic rehearsal, performance and exhibition space right in the heart of Chester, and is available to the whole community.

Dewa Roman Experience
Dewa Roman Experience

Dewa Roman Experience occupies a unique site at the heart of the original legionary fortress. In 1991 archaeologists discovered remains of the fortress on this site and the excavations have been left open for public viewing.

Abode Hotel Chester
Abode Chester

Unique, stylish accommodation in the heart of the city of Chester. With unparalleled views of England’s oldest working racecourse, the contemporary Abode Chester offers a warm welcome in the heart of the city.

Chester Roman Gardens
Roman Gardens

Chester’s Roman Gardens are a pleasant place for a stroll and during the summer months the place to watch a film at the annual, outdoor, Moonlight Flicks cinema programme.

Edgar House hotel, Chester
Edgar House

Edgar House is a fine period Georgian house which has been lovingly refurbished to create Chester’s award winning premier small luxury hotel – just for adults.

Little Roodee Cafe, Chester
Little Roodee Cafe

This is the meeting point for Chester Cycle Tours who will help you to explore Chester’s most fascinating places with views and landmarks you won’t see on a typical bus or walking tour.

Weasel and the Bug, Chester
Weasel and the Bug

Weasel and The Bug believe that you should buy well and pass on, and that toys should be powered by children, not batteries. Taking care of the planet is a priority for many parents and pleasingly, Weasel and The Bug only stock products which are sustainably sourced.

Gallery stock image
Watergate Street Gallery

This contemporary Art Gallery In Chester displays and sells original and affordable works, with regular new exhibitions listed on their website.

The Antiques Shop, Chester
The Antiques Shop

The Antiques Shop is housed within the Rows of Chester and has been owned and run by the same antiques dealer for nearly 30 years, selling British antiques and vintage items.

Culture Guides

Festival-goers at Green Island
Music in Manchester and the North

Gazing longingly towards the good times that will accompany the surely imminent sun, we take a look at the best music festivals coming up in Manchester and Salford.