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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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  • This place is powerful. You can feel the thousand years of history wrapping around you.... magnificent stained glass, in the fabulous choir stalls are beautiful wooden poppys & misericords, peace. A c...  more »
  • god clean hotel staff proffesiomal food superb. good bar and staff bedrooms clean and warm all in all good hotel j.a.harris.  more »
  • What a beautiful building. The day we visited there was a choir singing. Magic. You must visit this building. Also the gardens, beautiful.  more »
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  • Beautiful old building with even some of the original Norman stonework mixed amongst the medieval. Unlike a lot of cathedrals, no charge to go in only a polite request for a donation, which needless to say, we were more than pleased to do. The refectory is excellent value for money and very ethereal with a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere which pervade the whole building. The stained glass is wonderful and the whole experience was superb and well worth a visit.
  • Lovely cathedral to visit. Very well kept. The cathedral was free to visit with donations accepted upon exit. There is a current project ongoing to recreate the cathedral out of Lego. Fantastic to view the model in its current state and watch some time lapse videos of its progress. Marked down by 1 star due to the costly cafe, we were going to grab a lunchtime snack until we saw the prices. Sausage rolls £4 and pasties £5.50 Unsure of other prices as didn't look any further after seeing those. I appreciate fund raising is required but by pricing at such it is more likely people will go elsewhere.
  • Great experience, considering the price is free! There is also optional tour of the tower for £8.00 adult and £5.00 child. Well worth a visit if you're in the area it. Obviously try to come on a nice sunny day to fully enjoy the tower walk.
  • I have visited Chester Cathedral a few times, it never fails to impress! Staff and volunteers are friendly and informative. The peaceful medieval cloisters were on this visit lined with over 50 decorated trees for the annual Christmas Tree Festival. Much of interest from different periods of history: Norman arch, an old church court, Victorian mosaics. I love the intricate oak choir stalls. The shop was full of beautiful gifts, books and Christmas decorations. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Tranquil place, we were offered a free guided tour when we entered. There is no entrance fee but you are expected to make a donation (they recommend £4) toward the upkeep of the building. There is a cafe offering hot and cold drinks, cakes and hot food too. It's worth a walk round, would have liked to go into the courtyard in the centre to look at the statue but the door was locked. Lovely stained glass windows.
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