Gloucester Cathedral

Places to Visit


  • All the family
  • School age
  • Adults






Gloucester Cathedral proudly sits at the very heart of the City of Gloucester. We warmly welcome everyone to come and experience this amazing building for themselves. Whether you want to come to a concert or event, see a play, hear a talk, take a tour, attend a service or light a candle for a loved one, we have something for everyone.

Come and relax in the newly landscaped Cathedral Green, an open space from which you can begin to explore 1000 years of history and architecture. Take a guided tour or wander around at your own pace, the choice is yours. Visit our beautifully restored Lady Chapel or hear the Cathedral’s story in our new interactive exhibition in the Tribune Gallery.

The Cathedral is well known for being the location of a number of major TV and film productions including some of the Harry Potter films which attracts visitors from all over the world.

In November we commemorate the Centenary of World War One usher in the festive season with a packed programme of services and events for all the family. With carol services, Christmas market, free children’s trail and a pretty epic life-size ’knitivity’ you will be kept busy and entertained this Christmas. Check out their website for up to date service and event information.

Come and see us soon and don’t forget to visit our The Monk’s Kitchen for a cosy coffee or Sunday roast and the friendly Gift Shop where you will find all your festive goodies this Christmas.

The Cathedral is free to visit, although you can make a donation towards the upkeep of the building.

We are open to visitors 365 days a year and the usual opening times are between 7.30am and 6.00pm. During Kings School term time the main Cathedral is closed Monday to Friday between 8.45am and 9.15am for school assembly.

On Sundays services are held at 7.40am, 8.00am, 10.15am and 3.00pm, anyone is welcome to join in, but access to some areas of the building might be limited during the services. The recommended visiting times are between 11.45am and 2.45pm. This is when our Cathedral volunteers are available to welcome you, answer questions and give you a free tour if you would like one.

The primary purpose of the Cathedral is as a place of worship, this means that from time to time access to the building is restricted due to special services, weddings or funerals, therefore on occasions areas may be restricted or vary rarely closed to visitors

We recommend you always check the Cathedral website before travelling.

Parking in the cathedral close is restricted to pass holders only. There are eight disabled parking spaces which are for use by Blue Badge holders on a first come first served basis. However, there are several public car parks within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.


  • Henry III was crowned here
  • King Edward II is buried here
  • Beautiful fan-vaulted medieval cloisters
  • Spectacular Great East Window
  • Harry Potter, Hollow Crown, Wolf Hall and Sherlock were filmed here
  • A superb variety of tours available
  • Gift Shop and Coffee Shop on site

Open hours

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday07:30 - 18:00
Sunday07:30 - 18:00