Goucester Cathedral

Whatever the reason for your visit, you will be warmly welcomed to Gloucester Cathedral

Whether you are coming to discover nearly 1000 years of history or to worship in this beautiful building, we hope that your experience is enjoyable and special.

A spectacular and historic building, Gloucester Cathedral is an extraordinary setting for major services, concerts and art installations, yet also a place for private prayer and reflection. The Cathedral is visited by thousands of visitors each year. Many come as tourists or to worship, while others attend some of the many events taking place here

The Cathedral is open 365 days a year and entry is free.

Use the links on the left to find out more.

While We’re Building

This year is an exciting one in Gloucester Cathedral’s history as we embark on a major £6.3 million project, Pilgrim, which will transform the car park into a beautiful public space, fully restore the 15th century Lady Chapel and turn the Cathedral into a ‘greener’, more accessible place for everyone.

Until spring 2018 a visit to the Cathedral will look and feel a little different both inside and out. As building work takes place, the doors will be kept open but access to parts of the building will be restricted at different times to allow work to continue and to keep our visitors safe.


Please click here to see our access guidelines during building work

Cathedral Scaffolding Tours

A unique and special opportunity to join a Cathedral guide on a tour of the scaffolding here at the east end of the building. The Cathedral stone masons are undertaking a project to restore the beautiful stonework of the Medieval Lady Chapel and this tour will take you behind the scenes of their work. Those with a head for heights will get unique views of the Cathedral’s roof line and the chance to get up close to stained glass, architectural features and ancient stonework that otherwise could only be admired from way below on the ground.

Tours have proven popular so due to high demand we will be releasing further dates for public tours at the end of July. Spaces will fill up quickly, so to avoid being disappointed do keep checking our website.

If you would like to receive a notification as soon as the new dates are released then please let us know by emailing us at  

Business as Usual

Over hundreds of years the Cathedral has been remodelled many times. Building work is nothing new and as much of the building as possible will remain open.

Services will continue to take place four times a day, every day. Everyone is welcome to join in our worship including choral evensong sung daily by our Cathedral choirs (except during school holidays).

The Monk's Kitchen at Gloucester Cathedral will remain open during the work so that you can enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, soup  and sandwiches as well as our famous Pilgrim’s Pie.

The Cathedral Gift Shop will stay open as much as possible but may be closed for short periods whilst we refurbish. If the shop is closed, you can still buy postcards and guidebooks from the Coffee Shop.

Come back soon!

Visit regularly to see the project develop in real time and be sure to come back when everything is finished to enjoy the results of all the hard work.

If you have any queries about visiting, please contact:

Tel: 01452 508210