Attraction in Cheshire
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.