Chester Cathedral began its life as the St Werburgh's Abbey church, which was part of a Benedictine monastery that dates back to 1093. The present church that is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary dates from between the 10th and 15th centuries with some of the original Norman features still visible today despite many modifications over the centuries. There is evidence that the site was used as a place of worship dating back to Roman times.
Following the dissolution of the monasteries under the reign of King Henry VIII this was one of the few religious buildings in England to survive. Instead of it being destroyed it was handed over the city and became the cathedral church of the city following the newly created Diocese of Chester in 1540.
Chester Cathedral is open for visiting daily from 9am until 5pm (Monday to Saturday) and from 1pm until 4pm (Sunday).
Admission charges are:
Adult - £5.00 (6 Euros)
Senior Citizens - £4.00 (5 Euros)
Child (under 16) - £2.50 (3 Euros)
Concessions - £4.00 (5 Euros)
The Mall Chester
A variety of shops are presented at the Mall and details of events are provided at the website. Facilities include a multi-storey car park and there is lift access for wheelchair users, baby changing facilities and a coffee shop. The Mall is open daily between 09h00 and 17h30, except on Sundays when the hours are from 11h00 to 17h00.
Consisting of 16 acres adjacent to the river Dee, Grosvenor Park dates from 1867 and offers a Victorian layout with avenues, statues and ornamental shrubs. It hosts the Summer Music Festival and other cultural events. Grosvenor Park also boasts a number of heritage features such as the Park Lodge, a statue of Richard Grosvenor, BIlly Hobby's Well, the Hermitage and various arches. More details of these sights are available at the website.
Facilities at the park include a putting green and miniature railway which offers a circuit around the lake on both steam and diesel hauled trains, as well as a cafe and picnic options. Opening hours are daily from dawn to dusk.
SDC Colour Museum
This is the only museum of colour in the UK. It is divided into two distinct sections. These are entitled the World of Colour and the Colour and Textiles Gallery.
The World of Colour contains various exhibits that explain the properties of colours. There are experiments that show how different colours are perceived by different people and why some people and animals see the same colour completely differently.
The Colour and Textiles Gallery covers the history of colour, tracing it back to the early dyes used by the ancient Egyptians. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Admission is free.
Peak Cavern is also known as the "Devil's Arse" and is the most natural of Castleton's four limestone caves, since it has not been extensively mined for its lead deposits. It is the largest cave in the Peak District National Park and has the largest cave entrance in Britain. This cave was home to Britain's last endemic troglodyte population, who lived in this cave system until as recently as 1915. These people made rope and tourists can now see demonstrations of their rope making methods today. Touring the Peak Cavern is only possible within a group with a guide, it is not permitted to wander through the caves freely for health and safety reasons.
Peak Cavern is open daily throughout the year from 10am until 5pm (last tours 4pm). Tours take place every hour on the hour.
Admission charges are:
Adults - £6.75 (10 Euros)
Child - £4.75 (7 Euros)
Concessions - £5.75 (8.5 Euros)
Family ticket - £20.00 (30 Euros)
Children under 5 - Free
(note to confirmer: the photo is my own)
South Lakes Wild Animal Park
Since it opened in 1994 this zoo park in the south of Cumbria has been involved in major conservation and animal breeding programmes. It provides a home for over 100 species (including lions, bears, penguins, primates, lemur and kangeroos), many free to roam around the park. There are demonstrations and hands-on exhibitions given by the keepers. The park is home to both the Sumatran Tiger Trust and the Wildlife Protection Foundation. A highlight of feeding time is the climbing of tall poles by the tigers to reach their meat, a device to keep them exercised. The park has a cafe serving fast food, a gift shop and a large picnic area.
Daily 1am - 5pm
Senior, Child: £7.00
Car parking is free. The park is wheelchair accessible.