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“Beautiful, Impressive and awe-inspiring”
Review of Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral
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Chester Independent Day Trip by Train from London
Ranked #2 of 95 things to do in Chester
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Chester Cathedral is a living community of prayer and worship, and a centre of excellence in Church Music with a rich and fascinating heritage.
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful, Impressive and awe-inspiring”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We visited on a day there was a choir recital and the sounds coming out of the main cathedral were amazing. We wanted to light a candle for a recently deceased family member who was born in Chester so the kind staff quietly led us past the recital and into the chapel above.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2013

We visited the Cathedral on May 18th. We enjoyed the experience of the building. It is a large area to walk round but there were ramps for those in wheelchairs and not too many steps for those on sticks. There were lots of smaller chapel type areas. There was a gift shop and a café. There were plenty of places to sit and have your own quiet moments. There was a place to light a candle if you wanted. Although in literature it stated a price of £5 each for entrance, when we got inside it was a suggested donation of £3. There was a small choir practicing inside and as we walked from the town later, we saw a horse and carriage waiting outside, decorated for a wedding. So we think that a wedding was taking place. We really enjoyed our visit.

Visited May 2013
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“No longer available for it's original purpose”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

When in Chester I always liked to pop into the Cathedral for a quiet moment, to reflect & be at peace & look at the unique glass representing saints in the cloisters. Last time I went I was charged quite a lot to enter....around £10, certainly not the £3 mentioned. When I queried it they said to attend a service, of course I don't live locally so that wouldn't have been applicable.
It has begun to feel like a museum, with activities for children, gift shops & a cafe. I appreciate they have to keep the building in good order & that is very expensive, however I don't think I will feel comfortable going again.

Visited July 2012
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Telford, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Large and approachable cathedral”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

I have visited this cathedral on a number of occasions and like the way it has managed to combine old and new together with a modern stained glass window amongst the originals. The Cathedral has a number of dedicated chapels and like all nowadays incorporates a good quality tearoom and gift shop. My only area of concern is that they have introduced a hefty entrance fee for which you get a recorded tour guide pack. However if you are wishing to use the cathedral for prayer the entrance fee is waived.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Very beautiful windows, lots of atmosphere and a very peaceful central garden and pool which on a warm sunny begs you to linger longer, and longer, and longer! When you get hungry or thirsty (from lingering so long) you can take refreshment in the Cathedral Cafe. All very nice and well worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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