Cathedral at Height: discover the tower
What is happening in the cathedral?
We are currently carrying out development works in the cathedral’s central tower. The works are in preparation for our new visitor attraction for 2014, Cathedral at Height.
Cathedral at Height – our tower tour with a twist - represents an unparalleled level of public access and is unique in the 1000 year history of the building.
What work is being done?
The cathedral tower, tower roof, bell-ringing chamber and bell-frame chamber are being prepared for public access.
- 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
Which areas will be affected?
The Chapter House and Vestibule will be closed for the duration of the works
The organ will be covered – but this will not affect its operation
- Temporary scaffolding will be erected for short periods in the Nave, the Crossing and the Quire
What is Cathedral at Height?
In Spring 2014, Chester Cathedral will be opening a new visitor attraction.
Cathedral at Height will allow you to go behind the scenes of this magnificent building:
- Scale our bell tower
- 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
Our brand new tower tour with a twist is not to be missed. Immerse yourself in our unique blend of medieval and modern history, enjoy our awe-inspiring views and discover our secret spaces.
Key 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 are we working with?
The Cathedral at Height project would not be possible without the generous support of Cheshire West and Chester Council. Chester Cathedral received a £1.4 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
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.
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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