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 medieval and modern history. Entry to the cathedral is free but donations are welcome.
Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, Chester cathedral has a rich and varied history, and as you’ll discover, a diverse and exciting future. The original church was built in the Romanesque or Norman style, parts of which can still be seen today. This church was subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in the Gothic style, a process which took about 275 years and resulted in the incredible structure seen today.
Chester Cathedral Attractions
Chester Cathedral tower tour is one of the best things to do in Chester. You’ll climb right to the top of the central tower and see one city, two countries and five counties. At over 125 feet above ground, you really will get Chester’s best views.
Tours are subject to availability . To avoid disappointment pre-booking is recommended.
- 1 hour tours – Adults is £8.00, Children is £6.00
- 30 minute tours – Adults and Children is £6.00
Ground Floor Tours
As part of a visitor offer they provide free introductory tours of the cathedral’s ground floor with experienced volunteer guides.
Tours take place Monday – Saturday at 11am, 1.30pm, 3pm and leave from the West Steps in the cathedral.
These tours explore the inside of the cathedral and monastic complex while pointing out features visitors may not notice on their own – such as the Chester Imp and a painting on a cobweb.
Refurbished for 2018, the 13th century monk’s dining hall is definitely not to be missed, whether visiting the cathedral or simply doing a spot of shopping in Chester. Each day, delicious sandwiches, cakes and pastries are made fresh. They have a extensive lunchtime menu, treat yourself to one of the delicious cakes and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi whilst sipping on a coffee.
Falconry and Nature Garden
This family friendly attraction gives you the chance to see some of the most spectacular birds of prey, right up close, in the heart of the city and learn all about birds, reptiles, bugs and more.
Housing an inspired collection of gifts for friends and family alike, sourcing locally made products including chutneys, jams, chocolates, jewellery and textiles.
Chester Cathedral, 9 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU