Chester Cathedral

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Chester Cathedral information

Chester , England
12 Abbey Sq
+44 1244 324756
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Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun
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Originally a Benedictine abbey built on the remains of an earlier Saxon church dedicated to St Werburgh (the city's patron saint), it was shut down in 1540 as part of Henry VIII's dissolution frenzy, but reconsecrated as a cathedral the following year. Despite a substantial Victorian facelift, the cathedral retains much of its original 12th-century structure. You can amble about freely, but the tours are excellent, as they bring you to to the top of the panoramic bell tower.