A focus on education is embedded in the mission statement of the cathedral and is evidenced in the warm welcome and care offered by the Education Department to all visiting groups.

The department consists of a full-time Education Officer and a team of volunteers, all of whom are CRB checked and able to work within the safeguarding policy of the Chester Diocese.

For schools we are able to offer tailored tours and workshops to suit all age ranges.  These sessions cover an extensive range of curriculum and non-curriculum subjects and use a variety of learning styles.

We also welcome visits from non-school groups including foreign language tours, uniformed organisations, church children and home-educated children.  

The Education Department was awarded the Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education in July 2009.

For all enquiries or to book a visit, please contact our Education Officer, Helen Barber:

(01244) 500957

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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