Stratford-upon-Avon and the Heart of England Sights

Chester Cathedral

  • St. Werburgh St. Map It
  • Chester
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/18/2015

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Tradition has it that in Roman times a church of some sort stood on the site of what is now Chester Cathedral, 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 in the choir stalls reveal carved figures of people and animals, both real and mythical, and above is a gilded and colorful vaulted ceiling. Cathedral at Height tours (£8) take you to parts of the building usually off-limits to visitors, including the roof—from which you can see two countries (England and Wales) and five separate counties. Reservations are essential.

Sight Information

Address:

St. Werburgh St., off Market Sq., Chester, CH1 2HU, England

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Phone:

01244-500959

Sight Details:

  • Free; suggested donation £3; audio guides £1
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 11–4

Published 08/18/2015

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