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As a living church, we are open 365 days a year. We warmly welcome you to come and explore and join us for a service.

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Plan your visit

With over 70,000 tons of medieval craftsmanship to admire and nearly 800 years of history to explore, we suggest you allow between 1.5 – 3 hours for your visit. If you don’t have that long, you can see most of the highlights in 45 minutes. Occasionally the Cathedral, or parts of it, may need to close or offer restricted access so please check before you travel. We warmly invite you to join one of our services to hear our talented choirs in action – you can find all the information and times you need by clicking on the button below. You can also download our latest event leaflet at the bottom of this page.

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Opening hours

Our standard opening hours can be seen in the table below. We suggest arriving at least one hour before closing to make the most of your visit.

 

MONDAY - SATURDAY CATHEDRAL CHAPTER HOUSE REFECTORY RESTAURANT GIFT SHOP

Summer  

28 March -           30 October

09:00-17:00 09:30-17:00 09:30-17:30 09:30-17:30
         

Winter

31 October -             27 March

09:00-17:00 10:00-16:30 09:30-17:30 09:30-17:30

SUNDAY

CATHEDRAL CHAPTER HOUSE REFECTORY RESTAURANT GIFT SHOP

Summer

28 March -    30 October

12:00-16:00 11:00-16:00 09:30-17:00 09:30-17:30
         

Winter

31 October -           27 March

12:00-16:00 11:00-16:00 09:30-17:00

09:30-17:30

Closures

Occasionally the Cathedral, or parts of it, may need to close or only offer restricted access for a service, special event or day to day maintenance. We try to minimise these periods as much as we can, as we know that people travel long distances to visit us. Please remember to check for last minute changes prior to your visit as some events, such as funerals, are only arranged at short notice.

Monday 2 - Friday 6 July 09:30 - 14:30
We are welcoming a large number of school leavers for a variety of special activities and workshops so the Cathedral will be particularly lively this week! At 10:20-10:55 and 13:00-14:00 every day there will be a service. Visiting during these two times is possible but we advise to come after 14:00 if you can.

Thursday 19 July - Concert in the Spire Crossing at 13:30
Between 13:00 and 15:00 the Cathedral Floor will be closed for sightseeing. The Shop, Restaurant and Chapter House will be open as normal.

Friday 20 July - Service in the Quire at 10:00
The Cathedral Floor will open for sightseeign at 11:00. 
The Shop, Restaurant and Chapter House will be open as normal.

Saturday 21 July - Festival Eucharist in the Nave at 11:00-12:30
The Cathedral Floor will open for sightseeing at 12:30. 
The Shop, Restaurant and Chapter House will be open as normal.

Wednesday 29 August - Live Broadcast of Evensong
The Cathedral Floor will close to sightseeing at 14:30 in preperation for an earlier Evensong which will be broadcast. 

Sunday 9 September - Earlier Evensong with Installation of the new Dean
The Cathedral Floor will close for sightseeing from 14:30 in preperatin for a large service. 
The Shop, Restaurant and Chapter House will be open as normal.
 

 

 

 

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