Groups are very welcome to visit Chester Cathedral, either as a destination in itself or as part of a visit to the city of Chester.
In order to avoid disappointment, all groups are requested to pre-book their visit. Please allow as much notice as possible as we are not always able to accommodate groups at short notice. Groups that have not pre-booked their visit will be asked to provide contact details on arrival.
Pre-booking offers a number of benefits:
- We can ensure you are able to enter the cathedral quickly and easily
- We can suggest alternative visiting slots if our service and opening times do not fit in with your schedule
- We can contact you at short notice if arrangements need to be altered
- We can adapt a tour to meet your exact needs and requirements, including deadlines
Self guided groups are asked to make a donation of £3.00 per person by cash, cheque or credit card at the Admissions Desk. Vouchers from group travel organisers are also acceptable.
Groups are welcome to use the cathedral's complimentary audiotour equipment - but the use of this facility must be booked in advance. A maximum of 30 units are available at any one time for use by groups.
Please contact the Visits Department on:
- Tel: 01244 500958
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided tours for groups
A great building such as Chester Cathedral hides its secrets well! Our experienced tour guides can reveal this hidden world to your group in an entertaining and fascinating way.
A number of tours are available:
The Cathedral Tour
- Duration: Allow 75 minutes
- Group size: Min. 10, max. 60
This tour looks at the history of the building and describes the physical development of the Cathedral. You will see how the building has changed over the years and discover the extraordinary story that lies behind its imposing walls. Your guide will also show you some of the little things it is so easy to miss.
Top Ten Tour
- Duration: Allow 60 minutes
- Group size: Min. 10, max. 60
A little less about history and architecture, this tour looks at some of the most interesting 'things' in the building, ranging from tiny carvings to huge stained glass windows and serves as an ideal general interest tour. The story of the building will be told in its historical context but this tour is also about looking and enjoying.
- Duration: Allow 30 minutes
- Group size: Min. 10, max 60
A short tour of the cathedral for those with only a short time to visit or a deadline to meet!
The Medieval monastery and its life
This tour is less about the cathedral today and more about the monastic story of the building, discovering how the monks actually lived here.
Each of the above tours costs £5.00 per person (inclusive of entry donation)
The Medieval Quire Stalls
- Duration time: Allow 60 minutes
A tour for more specialists group - focusing on Chester Cathedral's exceptional Quire Stalls - this session includes a talk on the stalls from the cathedral's Heritage Manager and a visit to the Quire itself.
This tour costs £12.50 per person (inclusive of entry donation)
We can adapt all of our tours to meet your specific needs and requirements and we'd be very pleased to discuss any specific requests you might have.
Group catering packages
It can be very difficult for an organiser to arrange catering for large groups - so why not let us make things simple for you? We've put together some very special offers which are available only to prebooked groups.
Our group catering packages include:
Morning coffee £1.75 per person
Our own cathedral blend, served with biscuits
Afternoon tea £6.00 per person
A very welcome cup of tea, with finger sandwiches and scones served with clotted cream and jam
Two course lunch £11.00 per person
This lunch will be served to your group at reserved tables in the cathedral Refectory Cafe. A typical menu will include:
Main dishes (served with seasonal vegetables)
Vegetarian option (please enquire)
Lemon meringue pie
Chocolate fudge cake
Tea and coffee to follow.
Please note that we require notification of how many of each dish will be required at least 14 days in advance.
12 Abbey Square
Tel: 01244 500958
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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