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Chester Cathedral, Chester

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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. With our world travel planner, Chester attractions like Chester Cathedral can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • 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 »
  • Wonderful old Cathedral . All free and lots of history.Beautifully maintained with live Service. Children play area. Thousands year history.  more »
  • Well worth visiting only 2 mins from hotel. Husband enjoyed the tower tour as well as the ground tour.  more »
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  • The Chester Cathedral was our first stop in Chester. It was open to the public and we didn't have to pay an entrance fee, but we still made a donation. With buildings like this, I like to try and get to the highest point (usually a bell tower) and get nice views, but I'm pretty sure you can only access the tower via the tours and there were no tours the day we were in town. Darn! The inside rooms and the grounds were very nice.
  • Recently visited to see an exhibition of sculpture housed within the Cathedral and its gardens. It was well worth the visit however the cathedral is worth visiting on its own accord with much to interest from the architecture and splendid sculptural and artistic features. There are exquisite mosaic reredos and tiled floors.
  • A beautiful cathedral. Full of the Holy Spirit. So many of these large ancient buildings need a colossal amount of money just to keep going. The staff in the entrance were quick to point out that they were asking for donations, not an entrance few. It was lovely to see Chester cathedral housing an art exhibition, "the Ark".
  • Great visit. Recommend the bell tower trip. Matt was an amusing and informative guide and views from the top amazing!
  • A beautiful cathedral. Lovely building. The lego model of the cathedral is very impressive. Well worth a visit and admission is free!

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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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