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Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral - the centre point of the historic city of Gloucester (Photo: Neil Wildin)
Gloucester Cathedral - the centre point of the historic city of Gloucester (Photo: Neil Wildin)

Gloucester Cathedral

A medieval jewel and a glorious sacred space

1000 years of history and architecture are just waiting to be explored.

The extraordinary fan-vaulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures. King Edward II is buried here and the Coronation of King Henry III took place here too, so you are guaranteed a right royal welcome any time of year.

Gloucester Cathedral, a magnificent example of medieval architecture, stands as a testament to centuries of history in Gloucestershire, England. With its stunning Gothic design and intricate craftsmanship, the cathedral is both a place of worship and a cultural icon.

Visitors are captivated by its soaring vaulted ceilings, intricate stained glass windows, and impressive fan-vaulted cloisters, which have been featured in various films and television shows, including the Harry Potter series.

Beyond its architectural splendor, Gloucester Cathedral holds a rich history, with connections to royalty, literature, and religion.

It hosts regular services, concerts, and events, welcoming visitors from around the world to marvel at its beauty and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this historic landmark.

Things to see & Things to do at Gloucester Cathedral

You can take part in one of the daily guided tours to discover more about the fascinating stories and breath-taking architecture that the building is so famous for. The Guided Highlights and Crypt Tours take place every day.

Families have plenty to see and do, including the Whispering Gallery, trails for children during certain seasons, as well as exploring the filming locations of films and TV shows such as Harry Potter, Sherlock, Dr Who and Hollow Crown. With a full programme of concerts, recitals, talks and exhibitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Gloucester Cathedral. On certain dates throughout the year, visitors are offered the chance to climb to the top of the Cathedral Tower on a Tower Tour, or look inside the hidden medieval library on a Library Tour.

Please check the Cathedral Website before your visit to check for any closures or cancellations.
Daily services take place four times a day, every day and all are welcome.
Daily Choral Evensong services are a wonderful and peaceful way to finish your day, soaking up the glorious sound of the Cathedral Choir.

More information about What's On at Gloucester Cathedral.

Gloucester Cathedral - Admission charges

Entry to the Cathedral for general visiting is by voluntary donation.
The suggested contribution is £5 per adult.

It costs £7,600 per day to keep the Cathedral open. As a charity which doesn’t receive any regular Government funding, we rely on the generosity of our visitors to look after this ancient building.

Gloucester Cathedral - Group visits

Explore this beautiful building and over 1,000 years of captivating history with your group either under your own steam or accompanied by one of their expert guides. There are a range of fascinating tours to suit all interests.

Guided tours are only available in English, but groups are welcome to bring along their own interpreter if required.

The Cathedral diary is busy with regular services and events, so it is essential that all group bookings are arranged in advance to avoid disappointment - 14 days notice where possible.

Gloucester Cathedral - Dogs policy

Assistance dogs only are permitted into Gloucester Cathedral.

Gloucester Cathedral - Disabled access

There are eight disabled parking spaces. Much of the Cathedral is accessible to wheelchair users with aid of wheelchair lifts.
Areas including the Tower, Library, Crypt Tribune and Whispering Gallery have no level access.

Where is Gloucester Cathedral?

Gloucester Cathedral is situated right in the heart of the city of Gloucester - you can't miss it!

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