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St John the Baptist's Church

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Address: Vicar's Lane/Little St. John Street, Chester CH1 1SN, England
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More than 100 LEGO models on display in a special exhibition

As we've been a family of LEGO builders, my son (age 15) and I visited the temporary LEGO exhibition 'Bricks in Motion‘ in the Cathedral, and we really enjoyed it. The entry fees... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
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Oxford, United Kingdom

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

As we've been a family of LEGO builders, my son (age 15) and I visited the temporary LEGO exhibition 'Bricks in Motion‘ in the Cathedral, and we really enjoyed it. The entry fees for the exhibition are reasonable (adults £3.00, U16s £2.50), and there's no apparent time limit on how long you can stay in the enclosed exhibition area. Most... More 

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Winsford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

pen freely most days till at least 4pm. This was the original catherdral church. Lots of interesting history explained within, and no obligation to donate, although running costs must be enormous. Second hand books on sale and a nice cuppa available. Great place to pop in and unwind, even maybe have a quick pray?

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

St. John the baptists church is located at the back end of grosvernor park and next to the Roman ampitheater. The church is beautiful inside with plenty of information on the history and is open to the public daily. The back end of the church is ruins from when the old church collapsed. Beautiful.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

If you're in the Groves/Amphitheatre area of Chester, take half an hour out and visit St John's. Better still, if there's a volunteer guide on duty, take up the offer of a 'whistle stop' guided tour. Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and highly entertaining. Though I've lived in Chester all my life, I discovered stuff I'd not previously known about... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This church was once Chester's cathedral, and is now partly ruined. So there's plenty of history to take in (the organ was used at a coronation!), and a useful little guide you can read that points out key things of interest. Look out for the medieval coffin high in the ruins! Additionally, the church is working quite hard to look... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Having descended from the city walls to look at the Roman Garden and the amphitheatre we decided to take a stroll around and in this church too as it was so close and free. The attendant was helpful and informative and the stained glass was beautiful. Partially in ruins the church has an interesting history.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Dating back to 689, Chester's 1st ever Cathedral from 1075 to 1102, used as a Parliamentarian gun emplacement in 1645, this church is free to visit and it is right by the park and "Lost Coliseum". Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

I often pop in to look for books that they sell really cheaply. It's s great church. You can have a cup of tea and cake then stroll around looking at the wonderful stained glass and building. Truly a wonder of architecture

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Next to the Roman Amphitheatre it was a Saxon Minster in 689 and Chester 1st Cathedral between 1075 and 1102, it was used as a gun tower during the English Civil War 1642-46, its fee to go in and there is a small coffee shop. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

It was not our intention to visit the St John the Baptist's Church but my wife love of her camera and photos brought us to the church. We were impressed by the attendant who told us a little of the history. Not at all pushy like some churches and cathedrals. Worth the visit.

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