Gloucester Cathedral

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The Cathedral today is much more than just an ancient monument - it is a living church open 365 days a year.

The Eucharist and Morning and Evening Prayer are offered every day. All are welcome to come and there is no charge.

Venue Type:

Sacred space

Opening hours

Guides are on duty from 10.30 - 4.00 Mondays-Saturdays and from 12.00-2.30 on Sundays. They offer full or partial guided tours tailored to suit your interests and the time available. They can take you into the Crypt, lead you on an architectural tour or show you where Harry Potter was filmed! Just ask.

Admission charges

There is no formal charge for admission, but adult visitors are asked to make a donation of £3.00 each towards the maintenance of this magnificent building.
Charges for booked tours are as follows:
Adults £3.50
Full-time students £2.00; Children up to 18 £1.60
Great East Window exhibition/whispering gallery £2 (seasonal)
Tower tours (with charge) available in summer season.

Additional info

Wheelchairs are available for use in the building.
There is a "touch and hearing" centre to introduce the building to visually impaired visitors. We can also provide audio guides, large print and Braille guides.
There is a toilet suitable for disabled visitors.
A loop system operates during services.

Collection details

Architecture, Fine Art, Religion

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gloucester Cathedral cloister

New Contemporary Installation at Gloucester Cathedral

  • 23 — 29 October 2017 *on now

Gloucester Cathedral presents a new interactive art installation from British architectural artist, historian and author Amy Jane Adams, that seeks to unlock the design and story of the stunning Medieval cathedral.

Gloucester Cathedral will host its BIG Cathedral Draw event this October half term with a unique artistic twist. The contemporary work of Amy Jane Adams, who uses art to engage people in the history and design of architecture, is inspired specifically by the design and history of European buildings. She has curated the art event that will take stage in the Cathedral’s famous cloisters.

The BIG Cathedral Draw will open with a two-day LIVE Draw where visitors will be able to view the artist creating an installation in the Cathedral’s slyp, with large scale ink and watercolour murals inspired by the history and architecture of the Cathedral, including life-size depictions of key figures from the Cathedral’s history like Abbott Serlo, founder of the Cathedral, Henry VIII, and Thomas Cromwell. The artwork will be created in response to historical research gathered by the artist at the Cathedral’s Medieval Library.

Archivist of The Medieval Library, Rebecca Phillips says:

“It has been a pleasure to welcome Amy Jane into our historic library to undertake research into the history of our architecture.  As with all historic research the documents can only take us so far, and so we look forward to seeing how Amy Jane will fill the gaps in our story. This is where art and history can really work in partnership to give shape to events and individuals who are now lost to us in the historic records.”
In addition to the installation, a mock aisle ‘carpet’ has been reimagined and decorated by a beautiful artwork that incorporates the famous cloisters’ ceiling fan vaulting, the earliest example in Britain, and the stained-glass work of influential Arts & Crafts designer Christopher Whall. The carpet will be printed on a white paper roll and visitors will be encouraged to add colour to the work with provided watercolours and poster paints.

This new interpretation of Gloucester Cathedral aims to highlight the importance of its design and architectural development, which spans over 1000 years. Gloucester has an impressive history of engagement with contemporary art, including the renowned ‘Crucible’ exhibitions in 2010 and 2014 from Gallery Pangolin that featured works from Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, David Nash and Sarah Lucas.

Helen Jeffrey, Head of Community Engagement commented on the project:
“Amy Jane’s installation is helping to continue the Cathedral’s engagement work, providing appeal to a wider audience and a truly unique creative opportunity for all. Events like this are part of a country-wide effort to put Gloucester on the map as a centre for contemporary art and creative thinking.”

Amy Jane Adams was born in Gloucestershire and studied at the London College of Fashion and Camberwell College of Arts. She has collaborated extensively with the National Trust, The Royal Oak Foundation and Church of England. Her knowledge of architectural history combined with contemporary artistic ideas has meant that her practice has naturally progressed into heritage curation. Amy Jane is represented by Ed Victor.

A launch of the installation will take place on Monday 23rd October 2017 from 2pm-4pm, with a cake and tea reception open to the public. Press are also invited to visit Amy Jane while she creates the work from Friday 20th of October 2017.

Gloucester Cathedral
12 College Green, Gloucester

Opening Hours:
Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th of October
7.30am – 6pm

For press enquiries please contact Anna Beketov at or 02078120645

Suitable for

  • Any age
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How Does It Stand Up? Forces and Materials

Visiting the Cathedral can be an inspiring way to support maths and materials work. Starting in the Crypt, we look at the oldest part of the structure. How do you hoist heavy bells hundreds of feet into the air? How did they build towers in the days before modern cranes and scaffold? What materials other than stone have been used? These and many more questions are answered in a fun and stimulating way.
Please note that this tour is not recommended if you suffer from vertigo or mobility limitations, as it involves ascending and descending two short spiral staircases.

How to obtain

This 2 hour session costs £2.50 per pupil. Accompanying adults are free. For more information please contact the Education Centre on 01452 521010 or email

Gloucester Cathedral

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Group Bookings

Education Office


Group Bookings

01452 508211


01452 300469

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