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

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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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