Cathedral at Height



KIDS GO FREE throughout the ALICE IN WONDERLAND exhibition!


What is the Cathedral at Height experience?

Our multi-award winning guided tour gives you exclusive access to areas previously closed to the public.


Not only does this tour provide you with views out across Cheshire and beyond, but you go behind the scenes and climb through 900 years of history.   

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


Key Tower Facts and Figures:

Please note that due to the fabric of our historic building the tour contains lots of steps and twists and turns.

  •  216 steps up and down
  •  Small doorways
  •  Narrow spiral staircases & passageways
  •  High walkways
  • Our tower is the highest accessible point in the city at 125 feet


 We ask that you fully read the health and safety guidelines when booking your tour.


How to book

There are two tours available to meet your time requirements:


60 minute tour

The 60 minute tour includes the exploration of the high galleries of the cathedral, the view from our tower as well as the amazing interior views.
Tickets for the 60 minute tour are £8.00 for adults and £6.00 for children. During the school holidays Kids Go Free (tickets to be purchased on the day during promotions). 


Tickets can be purchased online here.  To book the full 60 minute tour please scroll down and select 'Cathedral at Height'.


30 minute tour

The ‘Shortened Tour’ is a fast track 30 minute option for those on a tight schedule; visitors ascend the tower and visit the ringing chamber, bell frame and the top of the tower.
Tickets for this tour are £5.00 per person and can be booked online 

Kids Go Free during the school holidays (tickets to be purchased on the day during promotions)!

If you are purchasing tickets can on the day, please come in as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

For group bookings of six or more people contact Chester Cathedral Box Office on (01244) 500959.



The child must be able to walk the tour unaided.  At no point can the child be carried or picked up.

A responsible adult must hold the hand of the child throughout the tour except when ascending/descending steps.  When ascending/descending steps the responsible adult must be directly below or above the child so that they can aid the child when necessary.

Should the child become too tired to carry on, both the responsible adult and the child will need to be escorted to ground level by a member of staff.

Chester Cathedral cannot be held accountable for children while they are on the tour.

There must be one adult to two children under the age of 8.



  •    Civic Trust Heritage Initiative 2015
  •    RICS Leisure and Tourism Northwest 2015


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:

Simon Warburton: | (01244) 500966


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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