Welcome back to Your Cathedral


Welcome back to Gloucester Cathedral

We are delighted to welcome visitors back to Gloucester Cathedral from Monday 17 May 2021.

As holders of Visit Britain’s Industry Standard ‘We’re Good to Go’ status, the Cathedral is committed to providing a safe environment which meets government and industry Covid-19 guidelines.

Safety measures have been introduced so that people can visit with confidence, including limiting capacity to allow for physical distancing.

Opening times

Monday - Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm and Sundays 12noon - 5.00pm

Public worship takes place daily:

Holy Communion at 12.30pm Monday - Saturday

Evensong/Evening Prayer, please see our daily calendar for days/times

Eucharist at 10.15am on Sundays

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Monk’s Kitchen Café will be open serving a delicious selection of cakes, cream teas, sandwiches and drinks. Outdoor seating is also available. Please check our website for opening times.

The Cathedral Gift Shop will be open and ready to help you find the perfect souvenir of your visit. Please check our website for opening times.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “This has been a long time coming. Having seen many a pandemic before, it’s almost as if the cathedral has been waiting patiently. Gloucester Cathedral is meant to be open 365 days a year and now we can return to our famous welcome for all. The building is huge and safe so now is the time, especially for local people, to return to this special place where we have been praying for you throughout the last year of this crisis. This is Your Cathedral – Welcome Home!”

To find out more about visiting us click here


Further Information

Keeping Our Visitors Safe

From Monday 17 May, the Cathedral will open for general visits. To keep everyone safe, we have introduced some new protective measures, so a visit will be a little different to normal. These include:

Opening hours. From Monday 17 May, the Cathedral will be open to all visitors from 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and 12noon - 5.00pm on Sundays.

Limiting capacity to allow for physical distancing. At peak times, this may mean queuing to get into the Cathedral. Signage encourages vtositors to maintain a two-metre distance between themselves and others

Closing confined spaces, to prevent close contact

Providing hand sanitising stations on entry and throughout the Cathedral

Maintaining high standards of hygiene and increasing our regular cleaning patterns 

Checking and recording the temperature of all front of house staff at the start of their shift 

Partially closing the toilets to allow for physical distancing. One easy access toilet with a baby change table will remain open. Temporary toilets will also be available in Cathedral Green.

Keeping doors open throughout the building to maintain good airflow and to reduce contact surfaces

The Monk’s Kitchen will be open. Opening times can be found at: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/visit/food-and-drink/

The Gift Shop will be open. Opening times can be found at: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/visit/gift-shop/

If you feel unwell, please do not come to the Cathedral. Stay home and follow NHS guidelines.

If you have any questions about visiting please email visits@gloucestercathedral.org.uk


Safe Worship
All worship will be offered in accordance with government and church health and safety guidance. If you wish to attend, please send an email to prayers@gloucestercathedral.org.uk to indicate your attendance (before or after the service) stating clearly your name/s and contact details in order to comply with the track and trace process. These records need to be kept for 21 days and will then be destroyed.

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