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.
Renishaw Hall and Gardens
Renishaw Hall and Gardens lie approximately 8.5 miles (14KM) to the south of Sheffield City Centre. This country house has been the family home of the Sitwell family for more than four centuries and it is set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens which includes an 8 acre Italianate garden.
The house contains many treasures and artefacts relating to the family which are displayed within a small museum. There is a cafe and toilets which are equipped for disabled access. There is also ample parking at £1 (1.5 Euros) per vehicle. The house and its gardens are open from the end of March until the end of September.
Hours are Thursday through to Sunday (plus Bank Holidays) from 10.30am until 4.30pm.
Admission charges are:
Adults £5 (7.5 Euros)
Concessions £4.20 (6.5 Euros)
Children under 10 - Free
The Liverpool Museum & Tour Centre is situated at the Anfield football stadium. If offers information about the clubs successes and history.
The stadium tour takes you behind the scenes at Anfield and offers a chance to visit the dressing room, the trophy room, to walk down the tunnel to the sound of the crowd and to sit in the team dug-out. Tour guides will then accompany you on to The Kop. The tour also includes a view of a 10 minute film about the history and most recent successes of the club.
It is advisable to book in advance for stadium tours. The museum is open every day of the week from 10am until 5pm. Last admission to museum is 4pm.
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