Chester’s beautiful 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, cloisters garden, shop and refectory are free to enter and open daily, except occaisionally when there are special events on.
What’s on at the cathedral
- There are regular free guided tours and, for a charge, you can take a tour of the 125 foot tower and experience unique views across the city and into Wales.
- You’ll find regular art installations, sometimes with a seasonal theme.
- Younger visitors may be interested in the ongoing project to recreate the cathedral in Lego (visiors can donate a brick to the build).
- For a small charge you can explore the cathedral gardens and, weather permitting, enjoy one of the daily falconry displays.
- 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’s a small charge for these).
Eating at the cathedral
You can take a light lunch or afternoon tea in the same dining hall used by the monks of the original 13th century monastery. The Refectory Cafe is open Monday to Saturday (9.30 – 4.30) and Sundays (12 – 4).