Founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1092, the cathedral has a rich and varied history.
The original church was built in the Romanesque or Norman style, parts of which can still be seen today. This church was subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in the Gothic style, a process which took about 275 years and resulted in the incredible structure seen today.
With the most complete set of monastic buildings in the country, a Georgian square and series of streets, the remains of Roman barracks on the Dean’s field and the largest open green spaces within the walls, visitors can experience everything the cathedral has to offer.
The Refectory Café remains the perfect post-tour pick me up, and the inspiring Gift Shop has a wide range of beautiful things to remind you of your visit, including some stunning local produce courtesy of the bees in the new Falconry & Nature Gardens.
The largest venue in the city for orchestral performances, concerts, and charitable fundraisers, Chester Cathedral is a centre of musical excellence with its weekly Organ Recitals and hosting of the finest choirs in the country.
Did you know? An ongoing project is seeing Chester Cathedral built in Lego!
The Cathedral opens for visiting at 9am Monday to Saturday and at 11.30am Sundays.
The Cathedral closes at 5pm Monday to Saturday and at 4pm Sundays.
The Cathedral is open outside of the above times for those wishing to attend a service.
Cathedral Falconry & Nature Gardens
Daily: 10am to 4pm
Monday – Saturday: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday: 12 noon to 4pm
Cathedral Gift Shop
Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm