Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, our cathedral has a rich and varied history, and as you’ll discover, a diverse and exciting future. Dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester Cathedral’s mission is to celebrate God’s presence in the world by offering worship and prayer, welcome and hospitality, pastoral care and education, and a creative use of our heritage. We aim to embrace all sectors of the community whilst ensuring the survival of this magnificent cathedral for future generations.
Our multi-award winning tower tour is one of the best things to do in Chester. You’ll climb right to the top of our central tower and see one city, two countries and five counties. At over 125 feet above ground, you really will get Chester’s best views.
As you climb the spiral staircase used by the monks who once lived here, you’ll discover hidden spaces, including high galleries and our Victorian bell chamber. Our trained guide will tell you tales from over 900 years of history. You’ll learn of a King’s escape and hear about Hugh the Wolf, the formidable Norman Earl who founded this building.
There are two versions of the tour for you to choose from
The 1 hour tour you get you the full Monty – views from the top, loads of history and the best bits inside, including a view of almost the full length of the cathedral.
The half-hour tour will give you the same views from the top, combined with a potted history and high points inside
Whichever one you go for, we guarantee it’s one of the best Chester tours. Why stay on the ground when you can go up high?
Refurbished for 2018, our 13th century monk’s dining hall is definitely not to be missed, whether visiting the cathedral or simply doing a spot of shopping in Chester. A relaxing eatery in unique surroundings, the Refectory Café is the perfect pit-stop for morning coffee, afternoon tea, a light lunch or a business meeting.
For centuries, Chester Cathedral has been opening its doors to millions of visitors and once visited, you’ll understand why. It is within these walls that people have found solace, hope and even inspiration and I would like to say that I am one of those very people. I have been visiting this ancient building for a number of years now, ever since my first office was only metres away from its front doors. From the outside, it doesn’t look like one of the biggest cathedrals within the UK, however once inside, it’s like a Tardis. Chester Cathedral also hosts various events throughout the year and if your lucky, within the cathedrals gardens, you may even catch one of their daily bird of prey flying displays. Finally and I think it’s worth mentioning, the refectory cafe compete with its rich decoration, is the perfect place to end your visit, with cakes to die for I may add!- Top 100 Review