Chester Walking Tours

Chester Tours

Overleigh Cemetery Tour

Opened in 1850, Overleigh Cemetery hosts many fascinating graves which reflect Chester’s rich and diverse history.

You’ll discover the extraordinary stories of around 25 of those laid to rest here, including Mary Jonas, mother of 15 sets of twins, Edward Langtry, husband of Edward VII’s mistress who went mad and died in the Chester lunatic asylum, Ishizo Ishimura, a Japanese acrobat who broke his neck performing a backwards double somersault, and William Cross who made his own coffin from thousands of matchboxes, illuminated inside by lights from a battery


Every Friday at 2pm from June to September.

Tour duration 90 mins approx. Includes some rough paths and steps. Maximum 16 people per tour.

The walk starts at the cemetery gate in Overleigh Road, Handbridge, opposite Blackwells Stonemasons, CH4 7HW.


Tickets £10 from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre on Northgate St, Tel 01244 405340 bookable in advance or on the day before 1.15pm

Guides offering this tour for groups:

Paul Woods, Caroline Ellison

Book this tour for your group here

Overleigh Cemetery
Overleigh map