GRADE I listed, wrought-iron gates dating to 1885 have been refurbished by Chester Renaissance for public access.
The gates on Castle Drive stand under the arch which leads to the entrance of Castle Square, now home to the University of Chester and Chester Crown Court and where the County Gaol once stood.
The gates have benefited from intensive work through the partnership of Cheshire West and Chester Council to bring them back to their former glory and visitors to the city can now walk through the renovated gateway and walk alongside the castle.
Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and recreation, said: “The recently launched One City Plan highlights a clear vision for rejuvenating the castle area of Chester and maximising its historical relevance to our rich past.
“The castle complex is of great importance to the city and the refurbishment will allow local people and visitors to get a close up view of this once-mighty fortress.
“The opening of the gates will also greatly improve pedestrian access between the Grosvenor Bridge and Little Roodee car park and the city centre, helping to make more of the city easier for pedestrians.”
Local resident David Leedham, who attended the official opening of the gates after working with Chester Renaissance on the project, said: “Concerns about the area surrounding the castle, which are shared by Chester Renaissance and the council, have resulted in this magnificent improvement which I hope will result in a much more dramatic entrance to the city for tourists and visitors alike.”