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Visit the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, which has been a site of worship since the Roman era.

Located in Cheshire’s county town of Chester, the Cathedral is surrounded by the glorious countryside typical to the region, which has been a site of worship since the Roman era. With vast green fields and rolling hilltops to look upon, the cathedral is heaving with history. Marvel at the numerous gargoyles, stained glass and other stone carvings, many of which were destroyed by Tudor iconoclasts.

Both the cathedral and the former monastery buildings are Grade I listed; for the best experience, take the audio tour to discover the history and stories behind many of the architectural features.

Learn about St Werburgh, whose shrine was desecrated. His bones were scattered across the cathedral floor that you now stand on! You can even see ancient manuscripts that were transcribed when the monastery was still functioning. One of the most attractive features of the cathedral is its organ, which has been playing alongside the choir since 1626.

The cathedral also keeps the beautiful Chester Gardens where the ‘Water of Life’ fountain sculpture can be found. Take time out to relax and enjoy the scenery.


12 Abbey Square, Chester, Chesire, CH1 2HU
Tel: 01244 324756
Monday – Saturday:
Cathedral, 9.00 – 17.00
Shop, 9.30 – 17.00
Refectory, 9.30 – 4.30
Cathedral, 13.00 – 16.00
Shop, 11.00 – 16.00
Refectory, 12.00 – 16.00