Chester cathedral

Photo: Chester cathedral nave

Photo: Chester cathedral organ

Chester cathedral is a rich mix of over 900 years of architectural history. The quire boasts the finest medieval woodcarving in the country and the cathedral houses the only ecclesiastical court in England to have survived since the 1600s.

The cathedral and shop are open daily, except when there are special events on. There is no entrance charge at present.

The Refectory Cafe is open Monday to Saturday (9.30 - 4.30) and Sundays (12 - 4) for snacks and light lunches and used to be the dining hall for the monks of the original 13th century monastery.

The cathedral is well known as an atmospheric venue for musical performances, not just from it's choir at the daily services, but also orchestral concerts. There are organ recitals every Thursday at 1.10 throughout the year (there is a small charge for these).

Photo: the ecclesiatical court

Find out more:

  • The Chester Cathedral web site has service times, events, photos of the cathedral and a brief history. Tel: 01244 324756, and the Refectory Cafe on 01244 500964.
  • Tripadvisor has a section with reviews of Chester Cathedral.