Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence and a unique blend of modern and medieval history.
FREE ENTRY. There has been a church on this site for over 1,000 years. Originally a Saxon Minster, then rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey, this magnificent building is a national treasure in the heart of the city and has been the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Chester since 1541.
From Norman arches to gothic columns, spectacular fourteenth century woodcarvings, the medieval shrine of St. Werburgh and spectacular stained glass. The Cloisters and Church form one of the most complete medieval monastic complexes in the country.
Chester Cathedral demonstrates the skills of craftsmen over the centuries and is a place where history has happened.
The Cathedral with the finest wood carvings in Britain and one of only six Abbeys to survive Henry V111. Ranulph Higden who wrote the Polychronican Chester's very own Bede and the only Cathedral in Britain that claims to have unbroken prayer every day since 1092.
Visitors can explore the 13th Century Refectory Café and browse the Cathedral Gift Shop, which has a wonderful range of music, jewellery, books, cards, toys, confectionery, gifts and souvenirs for all seasons and occasions.
Groups are welcome by appointment and tours can be specially tailored to include coffee, tea or lunch to make a great day out for your organisation.
Disabled access and facilities including toilets and induction loop.
For more information, regular service times and details of forthcoming events and concerts and online booking, please see the Chester Cathedral website.
Chester Cathedral is also a unique venue for business meetings, corporate hospitality, pre and post concert receptions, gala dinners and much more.
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Marketing Cheshire Member
- No Smoking Attraction
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
- Ramp / Level Access
- On-Site café/restaurant - The Refectory Cafe, located in the magnificent thirteenth century monks' dining hall offers refreshments ranging from morning coffee to three course lunches.
- Picnic Site - Visitors are welcome to picnic in the grounds surrounding the Cathedral.
- Approx length of visit - Please allow at least 45 minutes for a visit.
- Delta accepted
- Groups Accepted - Minimum 10
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - 10
- Special group rates
- Visa accepted
- Marketed Towards Families
- Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - Guided tours can be tailored to each group, either in terms of content or length of visit.
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Each paying visitor receives a complimentary audio tour of the Cathedral.
Map & Directions
The Cathedral is located in the heart of the city, easily accessed by public transport
Public Transport Directions
Only 1 minute walk from Chester Town Hall; 20 minutes walk from Chester Railway Station
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