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Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral Review

Tradition has it that a church of some sort stood on the site of what is now Chester Cathedral in Roman times, but records indicate construction around AD 900. The earliest work traceable today, mainly in the north transept, is that of the 11th-century Benedictine abbey. After Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in the 16th century, the abbey church became the cathedral church of the new diocese of Chester. The misericords (kneeling benches) in the choir stalls reveal carved figures of people and animals, both real and mythical, and above is a gilded and colorful vaulted ceiling. There are free guided tours daily at 2:30; meet inside under the big blue stained glass window.

    Contact Information

  • Address: St. Werburgh St., off Market Sq. Chester, CH1 2HU | Map It
  • Phone: 01244/324756
  • Cost: Free; £3 suggested donation; audio guides £1
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 1–4
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  • Location: Chester
Updated: 06-12-2013

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