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Chester Cathedral

History

Blessed Sacrament windowFounded as a Benedictine Monastery in 1092, Chester Cathedral is now one of the finest monastic survivals in the country.

 

Architecture

Created a cathedral in 1541, after the Dissolution, the building is of exceptional interest since it contains examples of every period of its architectural history from the 11th to 20th centuries.

Attractions

The carved wooden quire stalls (c.1380) are amongst the finest woodwork in Europe. Other treasures include the only cobweb picture in this country, a unique church court, the Chester Imp, St Werburgh’s Shrine, Russian Icons, stained glass, Cloisters, The Cloister Garden, one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction with the Water of Life Statue.

Local Interest

Chester Zoo
Ness Gardens
River Boat Trips
Chester Racecourse
Chester Bus Tours
Tatton Park
Jodrell Bank
Chester Rows and Eastgate Clock
Chester Castle and Military Museum
The Grosvenor Museum
Roman Tours and Amphitheatre