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.


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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