With 1000 years of history, a visit to Chester Cathedral opens a window onto a rich and varied story of monks, kings and craftsmen. The Cathedral is an extraordinary mixture of old and new, with something for everyone to enjoy. From Norman arches to gothic columns, spectacular 14th-century woodcarvings to afternoon teas in the Refectory Café. There is so much here to discover from modern works of art to the tranquil Cloister Garden, a haven of peace and calm on a busy day. The cathedral hosts a wide range of special events and concerts throughout the year.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Steps to some areas, uneven floors
- Facilities: Hearing loop, wide doors, ramps, large print leaflets on request, complimentary wheelchairs
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Jan-Mar, Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 12.30-4; Apr-Dec, Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 12.30-4. Please call to check times
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About the area
Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.
While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.
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