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Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1,300 years: our vision is to seek to be 'in tune with heaven and in touch with daily life'.

Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Opening times

The Cathedral is open to visitors 365 days. Our usual opening times are between 7.30am and 6pm. Sundays 11.45am to 2.45pm outside services.


College Green

There is something special about Gloucester Cathedral. Perhaps it is in the dramatic yet elegant architecture of this building, the majestic music that takes place here, the countless prayers that have been said down the ages, and perhaps it is in the simple truth that people have felt something of God here down the centuries. Perhaps it is also in the fact this this is still true today and that people come here to pray, to wonder, to be quiet, to sing, to find refreshment and to simply be more whole.

Project Pilgrim is an ambitious ten year programme of capital development, regeneration and community engagement. Home to some of the finest examples of English architectural styles, stained glass and sculpture, Gloucester Cathedral has many magnificent treasures to share with all those who visit. Simon Jenkins said 'The contrast between Gloucester's Norman nave and its 14th century transept, choir and presbytery is a set text of English architecture. The rebuilding of the tower followed a century later.

No cloister in England stands comparison with Gloucester, standard bearer for the new Perpendicular'. Steeped in rich history, the dynamic stories of the Cathedral's past are told throughout the building. With centuries of craftsmanship on display, from the monumental nave pillars to the intricate green men carvings, there are many hidden gems for you to uncover on your journey around the Cathedral. From the foundations that were laid in 1089 by Abbot Serlo, to the 15th century Lady Chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the building will take you on a unique tour of English architecture. The Cathedral also played a significant role in medieval court culture as it featured in the lives of Henry III and Edward II and still bears the scars of the Reformation and the Civil War.

There is also a magnificent collection of stained glass, including the great east window which was installed in the early 1350s and is as large as a tennis court! Other works include the stunning Christopher Whall windows which are arguably the most significant collection of Arts & Crafts stained glass in the world and more recently, the work of Thomas Denny.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café in church

  • Café within 500m

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Train station within 250m

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church of England

Contact information

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