Chester Cathedral

sights / Religious

Chester Cathedral information

Location
Chester , England
Address
12 Abbey Sq
Telephone
+44 1244 324756
More information
www.chestercathedral.com
Prices
admission £3
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1-4pm 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. Although the cathedral itself was given a substantial Victorian facelift, the 12th-century cloister and its surrounding buildings are essentially unaltered and retain much of the structure from the early monastic years.