Chester Cathedral

12 Abbey Square, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HU

Tel: 01244 324756

Add Chester Cathedral to your Itinerary

Stunning exterior of Chester Cathedral
  • Stunning exterior of Chester Cathedral
  • Breathtaking interior of Chester Cathedral
  • Delicious Afternoon tea at the Chester Cathedral Refectory
  • Inside the Chester Cathedral Refectory
  • The Nave inside Chester Cathedral
  • The organ inside Chester Cathedral
  • Chester Cathedral is FREE to enter, although donations are welcome
  • Pick up a gift or souvenir from the Chester Cathedral Gift Shop

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About Us

REOPENING JUNE 15TH!

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, a unique blend of modern and medieval history.

Come and spend the day

Book on to one of the Tower Tours & Ground Floor Tours and explore the magnificent building which is a national treasure within the heart of Chester. 

Enjoy and indulge in delicious food in the 13th Century Monks Hall Refectory Café or book a Traditional Afternoon Tea and take in the stunning surroundings.

Visit the beautiful and unique Gift Shop which has a wonderful range of music, jewellery, books, cards, toys, confectionery, gifts and souvenirs for all seasons and occasions.

Entry is FREE to the Cathedral but donations are welcome.  Please note that charges will apply for activities including Tower Tours and Falconry.

Groups are welcome by appointment and tours can be specially tailored to include coffee, tea or lunch to make a great day out for your organisation.

Disabled access and facilities including toilets and induction loop.

For more information, regular service times and details of forthcoming events and concerts and online booking, please see the Chester Cathedral website.

Chester Cathedral is also a unique venue for business meetings, corporate hospitality, pre and post concert receptions, gala dinners and much more.

 

Guide Prices

Free to enter

Opening Times

Cathedral Gift Shop (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Refectory Café (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 16:30
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
Cathedral Falconry & Nature Gardens (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 16:00
Cathedral (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:30 - 16:00
Covid-19 Reopening (15 June 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* Information regarding Covid-19:
- Measures to keep people safe will include limiting the number of people allowed inside at any one time, hand sanitisers at appropriate points, and signage to remind people of the health and safety around social distancing. For the time-being, the Cathedral will open limited hours of 10am – 4pm daily.
- The Refectory Café, gift shop and toilets will not be open at this time and will re-open as part of a later phase. The Cathedral Gardens re-opened a number of weeks ago, to allow people space within the city to pray, relax and reflect.

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2017
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Special Offers

Directions

Road Directions

The Cathedral is located in the heart of the city, easily accessed by public transport (opposite the Town Hall and Tourist Information Centre)

Public Transport Directions

Only 1 minute walk from Chester Town Hall; 20 minutes walk from Chester Railway Station. 

Nearby bus stops Grosvenor Street, Foregate Street, Vicar’s Lane

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    3446
  • Very Good
    1397
  • Average
    255
  • Poor
    45
  • Terrible
    31

Recent Reviews:

  • Astrid R
    Springfield Central, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Magnificent site
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 25th May 2020
    My husband and I wre extremely impressed with this Cathedral, it is really gigantic and such intricate features and craftsmanship which were breathtaking. A lovely little cafe is also adjacent... Read full review
  • dancook747
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    City Centrepiece
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 5th July 2020
    Visited July 2019 - Large Cathedral situated in the centre of Chester, it is a magnificent building and well worth the visit for anyone on a day trip or city break. Centuries of history under one... Read full review
  • Stephen G
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    fantastic sight
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 6th July 2020
    very much worth a visit. free to enter however do request you donate. stunning architecture. just a very pleasant place to visit Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors 
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - The Refectory Cafe, located in the magnificent thirteenth century monks' dining hall offers refreshments ranging from morning coffee to three course lunches.
  • Picnic Site - Visitors are welcome to picnic in the grounds surrounding the Cathedral.

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • Italian spoken
  • Portuguese spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - Please allow at least 45 minutes for a visit.
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Minimum 10
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Mandarin printed material
  • Polish printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Provider Facilities

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • No Smoking Attraction

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Guided tours can be tailored to each group, either in terms of content or length of visit.
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Each paying visitor receives a complimentary audio tour of the Cathedral.

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Contact Us

Tel: 01244 324756

Tel: 01244 324756

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