Visitors and Tours
Visiting Chester Cathedral
You are very welcome to come and discover this beautiful building. People have been visiting this wonderful place for almost a thousand years and whether you come to attend a service, visit with a group, take a guided tour or simply want to absorb the atmosphere of this sacred space, you will be made very welcome in the tradition of Benedictine hospitality.
Admission to Chester Cathedral is free, but donations are requested. We receive no direct state aid and need almost £3, 000 every day for the maintenance, upkeep and running costs of this magnificent working Cathedral.
To help us with this a donation of £3.00 per person is suggested.
If you are a UK taxpayer, we would be extremely grateful if you would 'Gift Aid' your donation in one of the 'Gift Aid' envelopes available at the Admission Desk. This scheme enables the Cathedral to claim a tax refund of an extra 25 pence for every £1 you give - this makes a real difference over the course of a year.
Your visit directly supports the maintenance and mission of this magnificent Cathedral
An audio tour of the Cathedral which lasts approximately 45 minutes is available at the Admission Desk at a cost of £1.00 per person.
Audiotours for groups of 10 or more must be booked in advance.
Make the most of your visit to Chester Cathedral with our beautifully illustrated souvenir Cathedral Guidebook (£5.00) and Short Tour Guide (£2.00) on sale at the Admission Desk and in the Cathedral Shop
There are many ways to support the Cathedral from donations through to buying a gift or simply enjoying a coffee in the Refectory. We welcome your support in whatever form it takes.
The Refectory, built in the 13th century, was the dining hall for the 40 monks who belonged to the community at the time. The Refectory is open from 9:30 - 4:30 and a delicious lunch menu, fabulous cakes and free Wi-Fi!
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The Shop provides a full range of souvenirs, books, gifts, cards, CDs and jewellery, some unique to Chester Cathedral; it's even possible to buy postage stamps!» Read More