Whatever the reason for your visit, you will be warmly welcomed to Gloucester Cathedral
Whether you are coming to discover nearly 1000 years of history or to worship in this beautiful building, we hope that your experience is enjoyable and special.
A spectacular and historic building, Gloucester Cathedral is an extraordinary setting for major services, concerts and art installations, yet also a place for private prayer and reflection. The Cathedral is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Many come as tourists or to worship, while others attend some of the many events taking place here.
The Cathedral is open 365 days a year, but please check our website for latest opening times. We ask that visitors make a donation upon entrance to the Cathedral. Our suggestion donation is £5.00 per adult visitor. It costs over £6,000 each day keep the Cathedral open. We don't receive any government or regular central church funding so rely on the generosity of our visitors to help look after the building.
Some of the things your donations go towards:
Our onsite Stone Masons and the conservation of the building
Our Education and Outreach programme
Our world class choral music
Our Breakfast Club and work with the homeless of Gloucester
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An optional donation of £5.00 per adult is suggested as this contributes to the maintenance of the building.
- VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) 2019
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Loop on sound system
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Touch model, braille guides and large print leaflets.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Parking area for disabled visitors outside the Cathedral.
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Tea Rooms
- On-Site café/restaurant - Undercroft restaurant max 70
- Picnic Site
- 2m distancing in place
- Capacity limit
- Clear signage
- Contactless payment possible
- COVID-19 measures in place
- COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- COVID-19 staff training completed
- Face mask essential (not provided)
- Face masks available for visitors - available to buy
- Floors clearly marked for social distancing - at entrance and toilets
- Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- Hygiene screens in place
- Interactive displays closed
- One way system
- Open now
- Outside seating
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Queuing system
- Regular temperature checks for staff - daily for front of house staff
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Socially distanced spaced seating
- Staff required to regularly wash hands
- Virtual menus
- In town/city centre - 2 Minutes Walk from the Cross into Westgate Street and the Cathedral will be on the right.
- No Smoking Attraction
- All major credit cards accepted
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- Chinese printed material
- French printed material
- German printed material - Korean printed material
- Italian printed material
- Japanese printed material
- Spanish printed material
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
- Groups Accepted
* Check the attraction's website for opening times
There is no access for coaches on the Cathedral site. Coaches must book parking in advance with Gloucester City Council by emailing email@example.com. The nearest drop off point is outside the Dick Whittington pub. To get to the Cathedral from the drop off point, turn right as you get off the coach and walk slightly up hill for around 1 minute. Turn left on to College Street and the main entrance to the Cathedral will be in front of you.
Park and Ride
A Park and Ride service into Gloucester is available from Waterwells Park and Ride. Buses run daily including Sunday for around £3.00 per person for a return ticket. To get to the Park and Ride, type in GL2 2AB to a SatNav. Buses depart every fifteen minutes. The journey into Gloucester lasts approximately 30 minutes. Leave the bus at stop Z1. As you get off the bus turn right. When you get to the end of road (approximately 1 minute), turn left on to Eastgate Street. Continue along Eastgate Street, over the cross road down Westgate Street. Walk for another 2 minutes down Westgate Street and you will see College Street and the Cathedral on your right. The bus back to the Park and Ride goes from the same street you arrived on, but on the other side of the road.
Gloucester City Centre is located roughly 6 miles from the M5. Depending on traffic, this journey usually takes around 15 minutes. Follow the brown signs labelled ‘Cathedral’ from the motorway to Gloucester Cathedral. Parking There is no public parking on the Cathedral site. There are eight disabled parking spaces which are for use by Blue Disabled Badge holders on a first come first served basis. There are several public car parks within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.
Public Transport Directions
Trains run everyday from all over the country to Gloucester Railway Station. It takes around two hours to get here from London. Check the National Rail website (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) for more information. To get to the Cathedral from the railway station, you can either get a taxi or walk. A taxi costs around £5.00. Andy Cars is a local taxi service and can be reached on +44(0)1452 523000.
Alternatively, it is approximately a 10 minute walk. Turn right out of the train station and go down the slope to the traffic lights. Turn right at The Station Hotel and continue straight. When you get to a set of traffic lights, cross over left to Northgate Street. Continue down Northgate Street for around 5 minutes. When you get to a cross roads turn right down Westgate Street. Walk for another 2 minutes down Westgate Street and you will see College Street and the Cathedral on your right.
Gloucester Transport Hub
Buses run to and from Gloucester Transport Hub every day. To get to the Cathedral from the Transport Hub, you can either get a taxi or walk. A taxi costs around £5.00. Andy Cars is a local taxi service and can be reached on +44(0)1452 523000. Alternatively, it is approximately a ten minute walk. Use the right hand exit from the Transport Hub and immediately turn left. Continue walking forward for approximately two minutes until you reach Northgate Street. Turn left onto Northgate street and continue down Northgate Street for around 5 minutes. When you get to a cross roads turn right down Westgate Street. Walk for another 2 minutes down Westgate Street and you will see College Street and the Cathedral on your right.
- VIDEO: Planning your visit