Chester Cathedral dates from between 1093 and the 16th century but the site may also have been used for worship during the Roman occupation of Chester.
The Cathedral is a grade 1 listed building and demonstrates all of the major styles of English medieval architecture across the present site. The monastic buildings and Cathedral were restored in the 19th century with a free-standing bell tower added in the 20th century.
There is a daily service along with choral services throughout the week, the cathedral choir also performs at least 3 concerts a year. The Cathedral’s organ has a world wide reputation for being one of the finest in the world and it also hosts one of the most extensive organ recitals in the country, with people coming from all over the world to perform.
There are guided tours of the cathedral throughout the day and a general admission charge on entry. Paying entrants get a free audio tour which lasts about 45 minuets. If you are a group of more than 10 audio tours need to be booked in advance.
The Cathedral also hosts carol concerts at Christmas ,exhibitions and the Chester Mystery Plays. It can also be used for private functions. More information on their events can be found on the cathedrals website here.
The running costs of the cathedral each year is over £1 million pounds and they receive no regular funding from the government or the diocese. Instead, funds are raised through visitors, the congregation and the cathedrals own fundraising. Donations made to the cathedral go directly to maintaining the building and helping the cathedral to maintain its position as a key part of the Christian community.
Contact details for the cathedral are listed below :
Website : http://www.chestercathedral.com/
Telephone : 01244 324756
Address : Chester Cathedral Office, 12 Abbey Square, Chester,CH1 2HU