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I was just going to walk past this church, which is located by the remains of Roman amphitheatre... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2020
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St John the Baptists Church the original Cathedral of Chester houses a coffin in one of the ancient... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2020
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Reviewed 31 May 2019

St.John's, founded in AD 689 by Alfred King of Merica, the king who united the Britons during the Viking rule in England.
From a minster to the status of cathedral in 1075, later to become the parish church of St John the Baptist. Examples of Norman/Romananesque, Gothic, and Victorian architecture and influence.
A delightful lady gave a personnel tour of this amazing historical church, imparting so much interesting detail and this made my visit to St. John's my favourite place to visit when in Chester.
Small cafe and facilities on site too.
Humbling but very enjoyable visit.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 26 May 2019

During our stay in Chester we came across this beautiful Church. A very dedicated volunteer told us all about the history of building. She knew so much! She also told us that many people walk by and don't come in just because of the way it looks on the outside. So my call to you: Don't walk by because of the outside, please just walk through the door and see how nice it is on the inside.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 21 May 2019

Excellent that this church - the old cathedral - is free and available for all to visit and learn about its history. A huge well done to all the volunteers that support.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 17 May 2019

This is such a lovely church, staff at coffee shop very friendly, in fact found us a map to help us find our way around Chester and could not do enough. Just a great, cheap place to stop and have a cuppa and rest your feet and so much history in and outside the church - don't forget to feed the very friendly squirrels!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 21 April 2019

This is a very interesting church with a long history. As the guide pointed out to us, this was the original Chester Cathedral and still retains a lot of Norman work in the building. This church is now reduced in size from its original layout, as can be witnessed by the ruins at the eastern end, but we actually found it to be more interesting than the cathedral

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michael C
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