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Chester Cathedral

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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.
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9 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU, England
+44 1244 324756
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Reviewed today

We were pleased by the selection of food for lunch. Lovely home made soup. Sandwiches, salads, cooked meals and wonderful choice of cakes & pudding. Only negative was the fact that you had to use a coffee machine instead of having coffee served to you....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Valerie A
Reviewed today

look great from the outside. Really impressive. One of the best church I ever seen. Also the road to reach the cathedral is nice and hidden and you can see the church from the wall too

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CarmenAndre
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A pleasure to look around. Great information boards and signs. The cafe looks very nice and reasonably priced but we didn't tryit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank normatmac
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful old building in the city centre . Lots of visitors , but still nice a peaceful inside . Free to enter , donations only.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank norhtern-lass
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stunningly beautiful and steeped in history. Perfect example of British history. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MandyR596
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

beautiful building right in city centre. Architecture as expected stunning with lovely stained glass. A wedding was on when I visited. What a beautiful venue for your big day.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rosie1111111111
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We came to the Cathedral having visited last year but not being able to see everything. It is a spectacular cathedral, with incredible gothic carving and stonework. The sense of pride the City has in its association with the armed forces is palpable. Very humbling...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank glenjohnstone2
Reviewed 6 days ago

An amazingly beautiful building. Lovely picture walls telling the story of Abraham, Moses, David and Elijah. Stained glass windows beautiful as are the many chapels and architecture. Sit and look around from the beautiful roof design to the mosaics on the floor. Currently a knitted...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Janet H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Although we had visited Chester several times this was our first visit to the cathedral. It was especially fascinating by all the information given by the guide. A "must see" when in Chester.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Diane A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No visit to Chester would be complete without a visit to the Cathedral. An organised tour is the most interesting and informative way for your visit. Good cafe and shop. There is an evening service every night that occasionally includes the choir.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Phill H
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September 27, 2018|
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Response from promisedland | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I cannot recall from personal visit re wheelchair user toilets, however, their website would indicate that there are such facilities. Kind regards, Ian
Sophie M
June 26, 2017|
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Response from lindsay b | Reviewed this property |
I imagine so as everyone seemed to be recording or taking photos. you can't use anything during a service.
April 9, 2016|
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Response from 21cyndyc | Reviewed this property |
I certainly did use my camera. Especially on the Lego project. They are aiming to build a model of the whole of the cathedral in Lego. Pay a £1 and you can add a brick - or more if you're flush! It's really coming on and is... More
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Chester in two days Itinerary... (5 Replies)
Hi! I need help with my itinerary through Chester, is it possible to visit the following in two days just by walking or would I need to take a bus or some kind of transport? - City Walls (take a walk along them) - Chester Cathedral - Grosvenor Museum - Roman Amphitheatre What would you add? Can I cover this in two days just by walking? Or would a day be enough? Hope you can help me. Thank you very much TA!!!
August 11, 2009|
Response fromGog1|
Chester is a very small city - you could cover this in two hours walking! Depends on how long you spent at each stop of course.
Stockport, United Kingdom
Lego Model in Chester Cathedral (7 Replies)
Does anyone know how the Lego model is progressing in Chester Cathedral?
March 17, 2017|
Response from3ark|
Hi, I was in the Cathedral a few weeks ago and they said they think they are about a year behind, so go and have another look and buy some bricks.
Sydney, Australia
Trip Oct 2015 (4 Replies)
Hello My sister and I are doing a trip around the UK Sep/Oct 15 and we are looking at spending 10 nights in England (excluding London - this we will do a further 6 nights there). We will be travelling down from Edinburgh to Kendal to spend 2 nights there with relatives, then onto to York for a night. This is where I get stuck.. I really really want to do at least a night at Bath, but know nothing about what is in between. I was thinking of going to Chester from York and then work my...More
November 19, 2014|
Response fromChrisFromRomsey|
Hi, Stephanie, Several choices of routes from York to Bath, depending on your interests & the proportion of time you want to devote to that stretch. The quickest would be the motorway system to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace & lots of sights in the town. Stratford is on the edge of the Cotswolds.. About 2 hrs 40 mins. You could build in Warwick castle, which is about 20 minutes before Stratford. and still have the late afternoon & evening to explore Stratford....More