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Chester Cathedral, Chester

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Religious Site
Chester Cathedral stands as a fine example of an English monastic church. It features New Red Sandstone in its construction, creating a pinkish hue on the outside and inside. Take a tour of the cathedral, which the cathedral offers for free but asks for a small donation. Pay special attention to the stained glass of the West Window, the Nave Mosaics dating to about 1880, and the organ with 4,894 pipes. Your guide will point out all of the cathedral's significant architectural details, some of which extend back to about 1100. If you're in good shape, go up to the Cathedral at Height exhibition in the bell tower. Inside the bell-ringing chamber, you'll be up close to the stained-glass windows, with views over the town. As this is a functioning church, you're also welcome to attend services. Put Chester Cathedral and other Chester attractions into our Chester vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Beautiful cathedral in the heart of Chester. Always worth a visit when you're in the city. Lots to see, lovely grounds around the cathedral and beautiful architecture. Free entry is a bonus too.  more »
  • We liv in Chester and visit the cathedral about 5 times a year with our 6 year old. It's an amazing building with a quaint garden courtyard - well worth the visit; and free!  more »
  • No visit to Chester would be complete without a trip to the Cathedral. Its free to enter, but donations are welcome. With 1000 years of history its a fantastic place to spend some quieter time. You ar...  more »
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  • Very beautiful and rather big cathedral. We went in during service and in a bit of a rush so I didn't have a chance to stop at every single spot to admire everything properly, but I can tell you for sure there's a great deal to admire! The architecture of the place is wonderful, the coloured glasswork of the window panes is unbelievably beautiful, as are the organ, altar area and each of the small chapels around. Do not miss the central patio: absolutely peaceful and very charming indeed.
  • Not the most beautiful cathedral in England. But well maintained. too much focus on commercial aspect at a holy place.
  • Amazing cathedral. Well worth a visit. Free entry with optional donation
  • Was there this summer. The building and gardens are very nice but the best was the opportunity to hear the organ and choir together... simply BEAUTIFUL. I also suggest a quick visit to the city.
  • Great value at suggested donation of £3. Excellent free guided tour well worth a visit