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Tower tours

Tower rainbow

Cathedral at Height

Our multi-award winning tower tour is one of the best things to do in Chester. You’ll climb right to the top of our central tower and see one city, two countries and five counties. At over 125 feet above ground, you really will get Chester’s best views.

As you climb the spiral staircase used by the monks who once lived here, you’ll discover hidden spaces, including high galleries and our Victorian bell chamber. Our trained guide will tell you tales from over 900 years of history. You’ll learn of a King’s escape and hear about Hugh the Wolf, the formidable Norman Earl who founded this building.

There are two versions of the tour for you to choose from

  • The 1 hour tour you get you the full Monty – views from the top, loads of history and the best bits inside, including a view of almost the full length of the cathedral.
  • The half-hour tour will give you the same views from the top, combined with a potted history and high points inside

Whichever one you go for, we guarantee it’s one of the best Chester tours. Why stay on the ground when you can go up high?

Key facts & figures

1000: number of years the tour’s secret spaces have been inaccessible to the public

125: the height of the cathedral tower in feet

216: the number of steps up and down



Tours are subject to availability . To avoid disappointment pre-booking is recommended.  Simply click the length of tour you wish to book:

Alternatively, call us on 01244 500 959 to check availability or book your tickets.  


Ground floor tours

As part of our visitor offer we provide free introductory tours of the cathedral’s ground floor with our experienced volunteer guides.

Tours take place Monday – Saturday at 11am, 1.30pm, 3pm and leave from the West Steps in the cathedral.

These tours explore the inside of the cathedral and monastic complex while pointing out features visitors may not notice on their own – such as the Chester Imp and a painting on a cobweb.

For more information, contact the Welcome Team on 01244 500 959.