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!
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