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“Beautiful and peaceful”
Review of Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral
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Chester Independent Day Trip by Train from London
Ranked #5 of 68 things to do in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Visited Chester a few days ago. It was an extreemly hot day outside but inside the Cathedral it was lovely and cool. Entry was free but donations were welcome but it was up to individuals how much to give unlike places such as York Minster and Canterbury Cathedral where there is a set charge. There are lots of interesting things to see and there are guides if you want to ask any questions but you are allowed to go round by yourself and take as long as you want. You can also take photographs (unless there is a service taking place) which is not allowed at many places . I purchased a guide book for £5 which is nice to look at and has plenty of pictures and history inside good value for the price. There is a nice dining area with an extensive menu as well as a large selection of drinks. The toilets were very clean . The cloisters lead out into a nice garden area where you can sit . I spent about 2 hours in total. A quiet oasis in a busy noisy city. I went on a day trip by bus but we were free to "do our own thing" preferable to shopping in my estimation!

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank kenhat
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A beautiful building that has to be seen to be appreciated. Set close to the shopping area and against the wall it is a building so peaceful and beautiful you just have to sit an take it in

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Linda m
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is an excellent cathedral in the heart of the city and well worth a visit. A big plus for many is that there is now no charge for admission, though contributions to upkeep are welcomed, but these are requested in a very unthreatening way.

Choir stalls are fabulous and date from about 1380 - not to be missed - as is the Consistory Court at the back of the cathedral which is the oldest ecclesiastical courtroom in Great Britain - this really is excellent!

Beautiful stained glass windows abound and if you're lucky enough to be present at about 1.00pm each Thursday you'll hear the magnificent organ being played during a short recital which lasts c 1/2 hour - a small charge is made for this.

Disabled access is available as are toilets, and audio hand sets are available for self touring. Meals are available in the Cathedral Refectory, and there is a book/gift shop on hand too.

The Cloisters are well worth exploring and lead to an enclosed garden area with an interesting modern sculpture in a small pool by Stephen Broadbent entitled "The Water of Life".

City centre car parking is available nearby and after 3.00pm this is free for everyone.

I hope you find this review helpful.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank 2013Holidayreviewer
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A really enjoyable evening with wonderful music, costumes, acting and choir. A modern day approach to the mystery plays. An uplifting experience enhanced by the atmosphere of the Cathedral setting. Would attend again when they come around in 2018.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Susan B
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

On principle, I wont pay to go into a church and Chester Cathedral is entry only on payment.....what did our Lod say about the users in the temple?

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank albatrossfrance
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