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Chester Cathedral

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12 Abbey Square
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2HU

Tel: 01244 324756

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chester cathedral

About

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, a unique blend of modern and medieval history.

Come and spend the day

Book on to one of the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours and explore the magnificent building which is a national treasure within the heart of Chester. 

Enjoy and indulge in delicious food in the 13th Century Monks Hall Refectory Café or book a Traditional Afternoon Tea and take in the stunning surroundings.

Visit the beautiful and unique Gift Shop which has a wonderful range of music, jewellery, books, cards, toys, confectionery, gifts and souvenirs for all seasons and occasions.

Visit the Falconry and Nature Gardens and meet and greet birds of prey including Golden Eagle, Grace.

Entry is FREE to the Cathedral but donations are welcome.  Please note that charges will apply for activities including Tower Tours and Falconry.

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.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    2485
  • Very Good
    1065
  • Average
    213
  • Poor
    36
  • Terrible
    25

Recent Reviews:

  • SCARBOROUGH-JANE
    York, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Gothic Greatness
    5 of 5 stars
    22/10/2017
    Really enjoyed our afternoon meandering around this beautiful building. The fabulous stained glass windows are terrific on there own but we all felt that the gothic interior of the building the high... Read full review
  • gomms13
    West Sussex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wonderful !
    4 of 5 stars
    21/10/2017
    This place is well worth a visit, a great building to look at from the grounds but something to admire in awe on the inside. Absolutely wonderful and all they ask is for a small donation to "keep... Read full review
  • eunicelouise658
    Hereford
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    A peaceful place
    5 of 5 stars
    21/10/2017
    I enjoyed a visit to this beautiful cathedral and loved the majsety of it. I felt peace and tranquility as l lit a candle for my late husband and a sweet young man taken too soon. Read full review

Facilities

Other

  • Out of Hours Visits

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction

Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • No Smoking Attraction

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • 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.

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - Please allow at least 45 minutes for a visit.
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Minimum 10
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • 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.

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • Italian spoken
  • Portuguese spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Mandarin printed material
  • Polish printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Special Offers

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Cathedral is located in the heart of the city, easily accessed by public transport (opposite the Town Hall and Tourist Information Centre)

Public Transport Directions

Only 1 minute walk from Chester Town Hall; 20 minutes walk from Chester Railway Station

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Opening Times

All year, 2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday09:0018:00*
Tuesday09:0018:00*
Wednesday09:0018:00*
Thursday09:0018:00*
Friday09:0018:00*
Saturday09:0018:00*
Sunday12:3016:00*

* It may occasionally be neccesary to close the Cathedral at short notice - if making a special visit, please check opening times by contacting the Cathedral

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMarketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 Marketing Cheshire Award Winner 2015 2015

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