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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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Felt like a bit of a tardis, seemed a lot bigger inside than it looked from the outside. Really enjoyed looking around it, once again (as in a lot of places in Chester) it has an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 April 2016
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Felt like a bit of a tardis, seemed a lot bigger inside than it looked from the outside. Really enjoyed looking around it, once again (as in a lot of places in Chester) it has an awful lot of history rolled into it :-)

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Located outside the walls of the town, not as many people may come across this very historic site. While the church's architecture and general history are by themselves of interest, its use by Cromwell's forces as their HQ while besieging Chester during the English Civil War is also noteworthy. The church is also a nice place to stop for a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Enjoyed our visit there thoroughly. The guy at the gate was a fountain of knowledge, speaking a few languages (Romanian too!) and in a few seconds managed to make us feel all warm and fuzzy :) the place is beautifully kept and is central so easy to get to and loads of other things to see around too.

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Wrexham, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

It looks rather plain from the outside, inside you'll suddenly find a spectacular Romanesque and Early English church. In the Civil War the collapsed NW tower was used as a platform for cannon to attack Chester. There's a striking painting on one of the columns. It's centred around John the Baptist, but use the guidebook or laminated sheet to spot... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Chesters first cathedral, situated by the Grosvenor park. A very friendly church with a small cafe and gift area. Loads of history to this church, check it out, well worth a visit.

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Goole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Well worth a visit, Henry V111 did his best to destroy this fine building but what is left is worth seeing. Lovely lady who served us a coffee was full of knowledge of the building and history

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

This church is lovely with some secrets from the Viking times. The Viking tour was interesting and took us along to some parts of Chester. There was a lot of information but we enjoyed it. I personal love the ruins outside the church. Weirdly enough there is a cafe inside the church. It's for free to go inside the church.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

this church is well worth a visit,helpful staff all over.the leaded windows are great too see,small narrow steps to climb up into little rooms and history stories on walls.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Not as popular as the Cathedral for obvious reasons but well worth a visit from an historical point of view and do talk to a guide who will highlight aspects for you. There is a remains of a painted picture on one of the massive columns (same builders also built Durham I was told); beautiful windows. The organ wqas 'borrowed'... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

This is part of the Chester walking tour. It has been remodeled of course but the older ruins are still visible outside. Inside the 2 large windows are stunning. There are some headstones that were originally outside in the burial ground inside the church. For example on the blacksmith one you can see the tools of his trade and the... More 

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