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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)
A River Explorer Cruise lasts approximately 50 minutes and not only affords visitors the opportunity to discover the waterfront which has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, but can also be combined with visits to other attractions such as Spaceport and Play Planet in Seacombe, effectively making it a day trip. A visit to the Woodside Café in Birkenhead is also an option. Departures are on the hour from 10h00 till 15h00 on weekdays, extended until 18h00 on weekends. Tariffs and recommended itineraries as well as details of events and special cruises can be found at the website.
Magical Mystery Tour
The Magical Mystery Tour is a two hour long guided trip on a bus which is similar to the one from the 1967 film. The itinerary covers various places such as Penny Lane which influenced the music of the Beatles and stops include some of their childhood homes and schools. There are daily departures from the Gower Street Bus Stop (14h10) and the Tourist Information Centre at 08 Place (14h30) with additional tours on weekends, details of which are available at the website. Tariffs are £12.95 and pre-booking is advised.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool Airport is one of the oldest in the UK, having been officially opened in 1933. It was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport in 2001 when extensive refurbishment was undertaken, and a statue of Lennon is in the main passenger walkway. It is the first airport in the UK to be named after an individual. The airport now handles more than 5 million passengers a year with scheduled services to 69 UK and Europe destinations. Holiday charter flights increase the traffic in the summer season. Two of Europe's largest low-cost airlines - easyJet and Ryanair - use Liverpool as a base. Motorway links are close to the airport and regular bus services operate to the centres of Liverpool and Manchester, and surrounding towns. Liverpool city centre is only 7 miles. The terminal provides the usual range of shops, taxis and car hire outlets, as well as a conference centre on site. Wi-fi has recently been introduced throughout. The terminal is often used for art and photography exhibitions. The Friends of Liverpool Airport provide tours of the airport (bookable in advance) which consist of a 45 minute presentation of the history of the airport and a one hour walking tour of the facilities.
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.