Visiting with your family

We are pleased to welcome families with children of all ages to Chester Cathedral. There are several activities and trails to help you explore the cathedral whilst you are here.

Treasure hunts

Young visitors will be offered a treasure hunt worksheet by our admissions staff. They can choose to go on safari or hunt out mason’s marks in the cathedral stones. These are free of charge. If we forget to offer you one, please just ask!

What can you see?

This is a trail guide for children between 7 and 11 years old, although of course anyone is welcome to use it. Available at the admissions desk, we ask for a donation of £2.00 for the trail, which comes with a free cathedral pencil to help you fill it in. All the money raised from the trail goes to the Education Trust which supports the work of the Education Department. 

School holiday family activities

The Education Department hosts  drop-in activities for families each Tuesday and Wednesday of the school holidays. The team are in the cathedral 10.00am – 12noon and 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Activities are free of charge, but any donation towards the cost of resources is appreciated. Look out for details of the activities here and in the local press.

Families with babies and young people

We are keen to make the cathedral family friendly. You are welcome to bring buggies into the cathedral. You can relax in The Refectory whilst your children play at the Duplo table or look at a book. The cathedral is registering to be part of the NCT breastfeeding welcome campaign and you are welcome to feed in the building. If you are ever caught short, we have a supply of nappies and baby wipes, please ask at the admissions desk.

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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