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
  • Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens
  • Delicious Afternoon tea at the Chester Cathedral Refectory
  • Inside the Chester Cathedral Refectory
  • The Nave inside Chester Cathedral
  • The organ inside Chester Cathedral
  • Pick up a gift or souvenir from the Chester Cathedral Gift Shop

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About Us

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.

Visit the Falconry and Nature Gardens and meet and greet birds of prey including Golden Eagle, Grace.

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)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Refectory Café (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 16:30
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
Cathedral Falconry & Nature Gardens (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 16:00
Cathedral (1 Jan 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday11:30 - 16:00

* Monday 6 January 2020 – temporary closure (10am – 12.30pm). Gift Shop and Refectory Café remain open as usual.
Sunday 12 January – cathedral closes at 2.30pm.


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Special Offers

  • Celebrate St Valentine’s Day with your loved one at Chester Cathedral

    Friday 14 February 2020 | 7pm

    Five-course meal – £49.95 per person


    Peach Bellini cocktail on arrival

    Salmon served three ways, flavoured with tomato, garlic, lime juice and pepper served with butter croutons
    Bruschetta with Buratta, broad beans, sugar snap peas, radish, mint and chilli (v)

    Lobster ravioli with butter, sage and fresh pepper
    Pecorino cheese ravioli with tarragon pesto (v)

    Oven-baked rack of lamb with artichoke hearts, roasted mini potatoes, garlic and fresh rosemary
    Artichoke risotto with peas, courgette and barley (v)

    A surprise dessert which is sweet, will make your meal feel complete

    Coffee with Bacio

    Four-course meal – £49.95 per person

    Vegetarian menu available

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL – reserve your table by emailing or calling 01244 500 964


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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




  • Out of Hours Visits


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

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction


  • 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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