Cathedral at Height

What is Cathedral at Height?

Now open

 

Tuesday 15 April

Wednesday 16 April Maundy Thursday Good Friday Saturday 19 April Easter Sunday
10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 1.30, 3.00, 4.00 10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 1.30, 3.00, 4.00

2.00

3.30

No tours 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 1.30, 2.30 (short tour) No tours

Our brand new guided tour will take you take you behind the scenes at Chester Cathedral - providing an unparalleled level of public access.

Our tower tour with a twist will allow you to immerse yourself in our unique blend of medieval and modern history.  See one city, two countries and five counties from the top of the cathedral tower.  Climb through 900 years of history and discover our hidden spaces.

  • Explore our bell-ringing chamber
  • Get up close and personal with our stained glass
  • Peer down on our fourteenth century quire stalls and Victorian organ
  • Amble along our galleries
  • Take in a panoramic view of the city and beyond from the roof
  • Discover the hidden cathedral

How to book

Tickets for the tour will be charged at £8.00 for adults and £6.00 for children. Individual bookings can only be made in the cathedral on the day of the tour. For group bookings of six or more people contact Chester Cathedral Box Office on (01244) 500959.

Launch events

Saturday 12 April

HEIGHTEN YOUR SENSES WITH BBC2’S DR. JONATHAN FOYLE

LIVE CATHEDRAL ABSEIL AND TALK AT HEIGHT

1.30pm

Free entry

Ever wanted to unlock the secrets of Chester Cathedral’s tower or pondered over why people climb great buildings? 

Join BBC Two’s Dr. Jonathan Foyle, architectural historian and novice climber, as he goes ‘at height’ at Chester Cathedral to celebrate the opening of our new visitor attraction, Cathedral at Height.

The ‘Climbing Great Buildings’ presenter will give a 30 minute talk whilst suspended in the cathedral crossing in an attempt to unlock the secrets of our magnificent building and tell the story of British architecture.

There will also be a Q&A session with Dr. Jonathan in the cathedral nave following the presentation and ‘fast track’ tower tours throughout the day.

What work has been done?

Chester Cathedral appointed William Anelay Ltd., specialists in the restoration, conservation and refurbishment of listed and historic buildings, as the project contractor and development work began in Summer 2013.  

The cathedral tower, tower roof, bell-ringing chamber and bell-frame chamber have been prepared for public access. Works include:

  • Transformation of bell-ringing chamber into modern exhibition space – including a new staircase
  • Conversion of bell-frame chamber  into a multi-sensory visitor area – including state of the art surround sound
  • Renovation of tower roof – including a new visitor walkway
  • Repairs to tower spiral staircase
  • New lighting
  • Stonemasonry along our elevated galleries

Key tower facts and figures

  • 1: tour duration in hours
  • 2: number of expert guides per tour
  • 216: number of steps to the top of the tower
  • 125: tower height in feet – the highest accessible point in the city
  • 5: number of counties you can see from the tower roof
  • 1000: number of years the tour’s secret spaces have been inaccessible to the public

Who did we work with?

The Cathedral at Height project would not be possible without the generous support of Cheshire West and Chester Council.  Chester Cathedral received a £1.3 million grant from the council to carry out this work.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the following organisations:

  • William Anelay Ltd. 
  • Turner and Townsend 
  • Donald Insall Associates
  • Ramboll UK
  • Bob Costello Associates

We are grateful for the advice and support of our project stakeholders:

  • Cathedral Fabric Commission for England
  • Chester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee
  • Chester Renaissance
  • Chester Civic Trust
  • English Heritage

Want to know more?

Keep up to date with the latest from Cathedral at Height and enquire about bookings by emailing tower@chestercathedral.com

Press and media

Our Press Office team look after all media enquiries - such as interviews, filming, photography and press releases.

If you have a media enquiry, please contact:

Amie Williams, Marketing and Communications Officer: amie.williams@chestercathedral.com | (01244) 500969

 


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