Peterborough Cathedral announces re-opening date for private prayer

Thursday 18 June

Peterborough Cathedral has announced that it will re-open its doors on Monday 22nd June for private prayer and reflection. It will be open daily between 10.00am and 1.00pm.

New measures will be in place to keep people safe during their visit. These include limiting access to the Nave of the Cathedral only, and significantly reducing the number of chairs so that the space is easier to manage and keep clean. A limited number of people will be allowed in at any one time and it may be necessary to queue at busy times. It is suggested that each visitor stays no more than 15 minutes so that any queueing is kept to a minimum.

Visitors will be required to use hand-sanitising stations on entry and exit. There will also be a one-way system and new signage to remind people about social distancing.

Visitors will be able to light a candle following safe procedures, and they can also sit quietly to reflect or pray. Visitors are encouraged to make a donation to the Cathedral either by contactless card or in cash.

The Cathedral’s re-opening is in response to the Government’s recent announcement that all places of worship could open for supervised private prayer from 15th June. In order to comply with Government restrictions, it will not be possible to look around the building as a tourist or sightseer, nor to hold public acts of worship during opening hours. Clergy are permitted to live stream services from the Cathedral at other times, without members of the public present.

The Cathedral café, shop and toilets will remain closed until a later phase of re-opening.

The Dean of Peterborough, the Very Revd Chris Dalliston, said:

“We are excited to be able to welcome people through our doors once again, albeit in this new and somewhat unfamiliar way. I hope that people will find it comforting to return to their cathedral and reflect on what continues to be a very challenging time. Before too long, when we are permitted and can do so safely, we hope to open more fully to visitors and worshippers. Until then I would invite you to enjoy a moment or two in this beautiful house of prayer which has, for centuries, been a symbol of hope and continuity at the heart of our city."

Peterborough Cathedral closed its doors on 23rd March. Since that time it has responded to the crisis by continuing its work both online and off. Regular online worship takes place via Facebook and the Cathedral’s website, and you can find details of how to join in here With the assistance of Coventry Cathedral, a virtual prayer wall has been set up where you can light a candle online. You can find Peterborough Cathedral’s virtual prayer wall here

The Cathedral grounds (except the Cloisters) remain open to the public during the daytime, provided that social distancing rules are observed.

For any updates to this information please visit or check the Cathedral’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also email or call the Cathedral on 01733 355315.

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