Chester Cathedral

What will students see and do?

Founded as a Benedictine Abbey in 1092, Chester Cathedral has a rich history. The building has been restored over time, as is common with English cathedrals. The church was gradually rebuilt from 1250 and onwards in Gothic style. This feat took 275 years and resulting in its current incredible structure.

These days, it is considered the heart and soul of a vibrant community, a cultural hub and a centre of musical excellence – performances, events and exhibitions are hosted at the cathedral throughout the year. Take a look at Chester Cathedral’s website to see what’s on.

The cathedral also offers an award-winning tour, Cathedral at Height. On this hour-long journey, you’ll climb right to the top of the central tower and see one city, two countries and five counties. Along the way, you will catch inspiring views of the cathedral from an elevated position (perfect photo opportunities), see almost the full length of the building and discover lots about its history.



Teaching resources provided

Contact Chester Cathedral directly to discuss your curriculum objectives and the sorts of learning resources they may be able to provide.


Minimum and maximum group size

Contact Chester Cathedral directly to discuss group sizes.


Details of risk assessment

Chester Cathedral has adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines regarding safeguarding, which you can read about on the Church of England’s website.

Contact Chester Cathedral directly to discuss further safety measures and risk assessments.

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Facilities On-Site

As well as the historic church, the site hosts the Refectory Café, which is the perfect pit stop for coffee or lunch, and a gift shop full of souvenirs to remind you of your visit.


Opening Times

Chester Cathedral is open 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sundays.

The Refectory Café is open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday, and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.

The gift shop is 10am-4pm.

Visit the Chester Cathedral website for any specific closure dates.

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Pricing

Ground floor tours: £5
Tower tours: £6 (30 minutes), £8 (60 minutes)


Travel arrangements

Chester Cathedral is located in the heart of Chester, Cheshire, making it easy to reach.

The nearest bus stations are Hunter Street, a 3-minute walk away; Bull & Stirrup, 6 minutes away; and Pepper Street, 7 minutes away.

The nearest train station is Chester station, a 17-minute walk away.

Address

Chester Cathedral Office
9 Abbey Square
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2HU


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