To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Inspire me planner

Welcome to the Itinerary Planner. Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours.

To build your own Itinerary, click Add to Planner to add an item to your Itinerary basket.

Chester Cathedral

Add Chester Cathedral to your Itinerary

12 Abbey Square

Tel: 01244 324756

Visit External Site

chester cathedral


Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award Winner 2015

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 and a Visitor Attraction Award Winner for 2015.

In 2015, 268,000 visitors spent time at the cathedral taking in the tours and activities on offer and we would like to welcome new and regular visitors to the cathedral.  With new and exciting activities on offer for adults and children, Chester Cathedral is well worth a visit.

Come and spend the day with us

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

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

Visit our 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.

Come and see our Cathedral in LEGO build in progress and help us to reach our target of creating Chester Cathedral out of 350,000 LEGO bricks.

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

Entry is FREE to the Cathedral but we welcome donations.  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.



  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Average
  • Poor
  • Terrible

Recent Reviews:

  • Alan R
    Wigan, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Chester Cathedral
    4 of 5 stars
    An optional donation (£10 note for 4 of us) gains you entrance to a very pleasant visit to a historic building. Enjoy a slow walk around on your own or follow a guided tour to gain further... Read full review
  • Ewa S
    Baltinglass, Ireland
    Trip Type:
    Worth to see
    4 of 5 stars
    It is a very impressive building which looks great from outside and inside. I did not like the fact that this attraction is advertised as free but at the entrance you are asked for donation... Read full review
  • Donna A
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Absolutely wonderful the carvings and mosaics stunning The stained glass windows fantastic the colours in them It's free to enter but a donation is welcomed The shop is also very good Read full review



  • Out of Hours Visits

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction

Provider Features

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


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


  • 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

What's nearby

  1. The Commercial Hotel Chester

    The Commercial is a quintessential English hotel, bar and restaurant situated right in...

    0.08 miles away
  2. The Chester Grosvenor

    The five red star hotel is one of the city’s greatest landmarks, standing alongside the...

    0.12 miles away
  3. Commonhall 4* Gold Apartments

    Grade II Listed building, in the heart of the city, above the Rows, overlooking Bridge...

    0.15 miles away
  1. Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel

    Traditional Victorian hotel ideally located in the heart of the city centre within the...

    0.15 miles away
  2. Chester Town House

    Family-run bed and breakfast. Quality accommodation in the city centre.

    0.17 miles away
  3. Crowne Plaza Chester

    Choose the contemporary Crowne Plaza Chester hotel for a convenient location within the...

    0.18 miles away
  4. Travelodge Chester Central

    Great central location for visiting historic Chester.

    0.2 miles away
  5. 80 Watergate Street

    Within the heart of the ancient city walls of Chester opposite the stunning Stanley...

    0.22 miles away
  6. Maison Claire

    Maison Claire is a warm and friendly Victorian house close to the centre of Chester.

    0.24 miles away
  7. Grosvenor Place Guest House

    Grosvenor Place is a Georgian town house set within the City Walls right in the heart of...

    0.27 miles away
  8. Bridge Street Townhouse

    Located in the heart of the historic city of Chester, close to all its facilities and...

    0.29 miles away
  9. The Little Penthouse

    The Little Penthouse is a beautiful and stylish apartment for two, situated inside the...

    0.3 miles away
  10. Ye Olde Kings Head

    The Kings Head is a traditional Inn built in 1622 on the west side of Lower Bridge Street...

    0.3 miles away
  11. Oddfellows

    This contemporary and unique boutique hotel offers everything from a light lunch,...

    0.32 miles away
  12. Roomzzz Aparthotel

    64 luxury apartments, including five stunning penthouses all with balconies overlooking...

    0.32 miles away
  13. Chester Apartments

    Chester Apartments offer two architect designed town house suites that provide a...

    0.32 miles away
Previous Next


  • 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

Opening Times

All year, 2016 (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016)

* 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

Related Products

Chester Cathedral Refectory, Chester Centre

Chester Cathedral at Height Tour, Chester Centre

Chester Falconry & Nature Gardens, Chester Centre