Volunteering at the cathedral

Chester Cathedral relies heavily on its volunteers.  They give generously of their time to welcome our visitors and help to meet the spiritual and financial aims of the establishment.
We are always looking for energetic and dynamic volunteers to help support our staff across all areas of cathedral life.
Verging team volunteers
Our vergers are a busy team who are responsible for verging during services and preparing the interior of the cathedral and associated spaces for services and special events.  Would you like to join our verging team as a volunteer and have the opportunity to serve the cathedral?  You would play an active role in maintaining the traditions of our magnificent building.
For more information contact:
Head Verger
Martin Fleet
(01244) 500951

Tour guide volunteers

Chester Cathedral has a rich and fascinating heritage.  It is a living community of prayer and worship playing a key role in the Christian community across Chester.  We welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to this great building every year, and without our team of volunteers the cathedral would not function.
Due to a huge increase in the number of visitors to this wonderful place, the cathedral is now looking to recruit additional Cathedral Guides. Our highly trained guides lead our visitors on a historical journey through time, uncovering its secrets, its stories of the past and its hidden gems. We offer regular daily tours to visitors as well as pre-booked group tours by arrangement.
As a Cathedral Guide you will be working with a strong and knowledgeable team of enthusiastic volunteers. Previous experience as a visitor’s guide will be an advantage although not essential. New members of the team receive extensive induction training, and are invited to training events throughout the year.  All our Volunteer Guides must have good interpersonal skills, communication skills, and a desire to learn. You may be required to undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check before commencing duties.
As a Volunteer Guide you will learn a lot, and get to know and love the beauty of this wonderful building, its history and architecture. You will gain valuable experience and meet many people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe.  Within the cathedral community you will have the opportunity to establish new friendships and exchange ideas and experiences with other members of the Chester Cathedral Guild of Volunteers.
All members of the Chester Cathedral Guild of Volunteers are required to commit to a regular schedule of attendance as agreed with their team leader and, where possible, a minimum service of one year.  This is to ensure that we have a highly motivated and reliable team of volunteers. The usual pattern will be three tours between 11.00 am – 2.30 pm as well as extra tours by arrangement.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Guide or would like further information about the role please contact:
Heritage and Vistors Manager
Nick Fry
(01244) 500958 
 Other opportunities at Chester Cathedral 

The list below indicates the areas in which we are currently seeking volunteers:

  • Welcoming – Must be fit enough to stand and greet visitors.  We especially welcome volunteers with foreign language skills
  • Tower Tour – Must be fit enough to climb 216 steps
  • Education – May require a DBS check
All volunteers must be able to commit to regular shifts and when on duty are considered full representatives of the cathedral and, therefore, complicit with all cathedral policies.
If you would like to apply for one of the roles detailed above click here to download a volunteer enquiry form (Excel format)
Please complete the form and email to volunteercoordinator@chestercathedral.com or print the form, complete and return to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Chester Cathedral Office
12 Abbey Square
All roles are subject to interview and a period of probation before acceptance to the Cathedral Guild of Volunteers.  Volunteers in some roles will be subject to a DBS (formerly CRB) check before being permitted to work. 
If you think you may have other skills which could be useful to Chester Cathedral please submit your latest CV and someone will contact you.

Support Us

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There are many ways to support the Cathedral from donations through to buying a gift or simply enjoying a coffee in the Refectory. We welcome your support in whatever form it takes.

Refectory Cafe


The Refectory, built in the 13th century, was the dining hall for the 40 monks who belonged to the community at the time. The Refectory is open from 9:30 - 4:30 and a delicious lunch menu, fabulous cakes and free Wi-Fi!


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Online Shop

The Shop provides a full range of souvenirs, books, gifts, cards, CDs and jewellery, some unique to Chester Cathedral;  it's even possible to buy postage stamps!

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Chester Cathedral needs your help! We receive no financial subsidy from government and therefore rely on kind donations and the support of people like you. The Just Giving site is just one way to help.

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