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Ark Exhibition


7 July –
15 October

Chester Cathedral’s historic interior
is an atmospheric and creative space.
It will provide a fascinating and
accessible context for viewing
world-class sculpture as part of the
ARK exhibition.

The cathedral is the largest
exhibition space within Chester.

The largest FREE TO ENTER
contemporary and modern
sculpture exhibition to be held in
the north west of England.

ARK features 90 works of art by
more than 50 celebrated sculptors,
including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley,
Lynn Chadwick, Barbara Hepworth,
Sarah Lucas, David Mach, Elisabeth Frink,
Eduardo Paolozzi, Kenneth Armitage
and Peter Randall-Page.



ARK is for everyone.

For those new to sculpture and for aficionados.

For adults and for children.

For families.

For you.

We will be running a programme of public masterclasses, workshops and lectures for all ages about ARK.

We are passionate about making the best in arts activity accessible to as wide an audience as possible, everyone, everywhere, should have the opportunity to access art and culture.

Public Programme

Sorry, all of our ARK masterclasses, lectures and workshops have now taken place.

Schools Programme

Are you a primary, secondary or special school in the North West and interested in visiting the ARK sculpture exhibition?

Our ARK schools programme is intended to provide relevant and stimulating artistic encounters and activities.

To find out more contact our
Education Officer Helen Barber

01244 500957


Want to take a more in-depth look at
some the exhibition’s highlights?

If so, why not join one of our daily
tours led by our expert guides.

The tour will take in up to ten of the
exhibition’s key pieces and will last
60 minutes.

1.30pm Mon – Sat (2pm Thurs) |£5.00 per person

including free
exhibition map


Useful information

The ARK sculpture exhibition is free to enter and you do not need to book in advance.

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

It is advisable to check the cathedral website if you are planning to visit the exhibition. As a working cathedral, there are times when we may have to close the building to the public.

Photography in and around the exhibition is permitted. Flash photography is not permitted within the cathedral building during services.

Chester Cathedral, Refectory Café and the Gift Shop are fully accessible to visitors using wheelchairs (available to borrow during your visit). You can book one in advance or ask a member of staff for one on your arrival. The nearest Blue Badge Parking is located on St. Werbugh Street. Chester Cathedral welcomes assistance dogs.

Contact 01244 500959 for assistance.
Chester Cathedral strives to be autism friendly and we can provide a quiet space during your visit if required. Please ask a member of staff for more details.

The main body of the cathedral building is fitted with a hearing loop.

If you are planning a visit to the exhibition and have specific access needs – please contact us. Our team will be more than happy to provide information and make special arrangements for you.

The cathedral has two male and two female toilets. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Unfortunately we are not able to provide cloakroom facilities.

Find Us

On foot

The exhibition entrance is located at the cathedral’s South Transept. This point is accessible via various routes from Northgate St., Werburgh St. and through Abbey Square or from the city walls adjacent to the cathedral.

By bus

All buses to Chester, including the ‘Park and Ride’ services, stop within five minutes of the Chester Cathedral complex.

By train

The cathedral is a 15 minute walk from Chester railway station.

By coach

The nearest coach park is located at the Little Roodee Car Park, Grosvenor Rd, Chester.


The nearest car parking can be found at Princess Street and Delamere Street – both of which are free after 3.00pm. Disabled parking is available on Werburgh St. and in the Kale Yard car park on Frodsham St.

Contact Us


Got a press or media query?
Contact Kevin Baxter

Want to book a group visit?
Contact Dani O’Sullivan 01244 699044

Shop online


Buy our ARK exhibition
catalogue before you arrive;
the perfect companion.

The perfect souvenir!



Without the generous support of our sponsors, the ARK sculpture exhibition at Chester Cathedral would not have been possible.