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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)
Winterbourne Botanic Garden
Winterbourne Garden is the University of Birmingham's botanic garden and is used by students as well as being open to the public. It was originally an "early 20th century suburban villa garden", the small estate having been built in 1903. The last private owner bequeathed it to the University in 1944. The first garden layout was inspired by Gertrude Jekyll of the Arts and Crafts movement and was further developed over the years. Today its six acres hold national collections of roses and displays plants from all over the world. Particular features are the Nut Tunnel, woven from living hazel, and a sunken rock garden with Japanese Tea House. It is open April to September, Mondays to Fridays 11am to 4pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm. The remainder of the year it is open Mondays to Fridays noon to 3.30pm. Guided walks and special events are held; details are available at the website. A car park, toilets and café are available on site and the garden is accessible to disabled visitors.
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.
The recently renovated Town Hall is a Grade A listed building which dates from 1834 and features neo-classical architecture. Lunchtime organ concerts and other events are regularly presented and public tours with a duration of approximately one hour are available. Exhibitions, workshops, banquets, wrestling matches and festivals are often held at the Town Hall, which can also be rented for corporate functions, graduation ceremonies and more. Town Hall is managed by Performances Birmingham Ltd, along with sister venue Symphony Hall. Town Hall Box Office is only open on event days, but tickets for all Town Hall events can be purchased online, over the phone or from the Symphony Hall Box Office.
Frankfurt Christmas Market Birmingham
The Frankfurt Christmas Market takes place annually in Victoria Square, Birmingham. There are over 75 different stalls here - making it the largest authentic christmas market outside of Germany or Austria. Visitors are welcome to sample some German seasonal specialities such as Gluehwein (mulled wine) or Christmas bakery and also have the possibility to try some German beer or Bratwurst (grilled sausage). Market tenders offer a variety of traditional Christmas gifts such as candles, wooden toys, Christmas decoration and much more. The market operates from mid November up until Christmas and it is open from 10am until 8pm daily.