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Chester Cathedral, Chester

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#2 of 27 in Historic Sites in Cheshire
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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  • August 21, 2017
    We entered the Cathedral expecting the usual sights of altars, stained glass windows and memorials, but to our delight there was a Modern Art Exhibition throughout the Cathedral under the theme of "Ar...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Wonderful old Cathedral . All free and lots of history.Beautifully maintained with live Service. Children play area. Thousands year history.  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Well worth visiting only 2 mins from hotel. Husband enjoyed the tower tour as well as the ground tour.  more »
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  • This place was amazing with FREE entry (there are donation points around the building - recommended £4 per person..easily worth it spending an hour here and to keep it maintained). Building itself is in great condition, beautiful garden and myself was most impressed with the Norman arch (around 1100AD). Nice cafe soundly priced and a great attraction to visit for all.
  • Beautiful church, very well kept and a lot to see. Really liked all the stained glass windows. But did find it a bit rude that they demanded a donation of at least £4 in order to be allowed entry into the church.
  • You know what you are getting with a Cathedral. Didn't disappoint. Nice garden in middle. Entry free but they expect a donation of £3-4.
  • Beautiful cathedral with beautiful garden during spring time. The interior looks stunning but unfortunately did not have the chance to visit as it closes at 4pm.
  • Beautiful cathedral. During our visit training for afternoon concert took place. You can buy LEGO brick for one pound and help to build huge model of cathedral.

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Where to stay in Chester

Chester is not only steeped in Roman history, but also packed with a wide range of modern lodging options. The selection of hotels runs the gamut from family-run operations to luxury big-name brands, known for offering spacious rooms upstairs and Michelin-rated cuisine downstairs. Most of Chester's finest hotels are located within the diminutive city center, which makes them an ideal base for exploring everything this urban area has to offer. A wider variety of less expensive options, including cozy B&Bs and traditional inns, is located a short walk from the town center.
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