Visitors and tours

Visiting Chester Cathedral

People have been visiting this wonderful place for almost a thousand years.  Whether you are attending a service, visiting with a group, taking a guided tour or simply want to absorb the atmosphere of this sacred space, you will be made very welcome in the tradition of Benedictine hospitality.


Admission to Chester Cathedral is free, but donations are requested.

We don't receive any direct state aid and need almost £3,000 every day to cover the maintenance, upkeep and running costs of this magnificent cathedral. 

A donation of £3.00 per person is suggested.

If you are a UK taxpayer, we would be extremely grateful if you would Gift Aid your donation using one of the Gift Aid envelopes available at the admissions desk. This scheme enables the cathedral to claim a tax refund of an extra 25 pence for every £1 you give.  This money makes a real difference to us over the course of a year.


Make the most of your visit to Chester Cathedral with our beautifully illustrated souvenir guidebook (£5.00) or short tour guide (£2.00).  Both items are on sale at the admissions desk and in the Cathedral Gift Shop.

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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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