Current Visiting Guidelines

These are the guidelines currently in place for the safety and comfort of our visitors.

Opening times

Cathedral opening hours sometimes vary due to events and services, so it's important to check here for latest information before your visit: opening times.

No ticket is needed, unless you are taking a Tower Tour or Tower Top Climb in which case advance booking is strongly recommended.

Current visiting and event attendance guidelines:

These guidelines are regularly reviewed in the light of current government guidance and local Covid infection rates.

  • Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, who is unwell, or who has been asked to self-isolate, should stay at home and not come to the Cathedral. 

  • We ask that visitors sanitise their hands on arrival at the Cathedral. Dispensers are available at the entrance. 

  • We encourage visitors to wear a face covering whilst they are in the Cathedral, unless they cannot do so for health reasons.

  • The NHS QR code will be available for visitors to scan for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

  • The Cathedral is currently operating at 75% of its maximum audience / congregation capacity.

Visitors may also like to know that:

  • Entry for visitors is by donation. Both contactless card and cash donation options are available. Donations are vital to help with Cathedral running costs.

  • You can take a Highlights tour on selected weekend dates. These are £5 per person, bookable online or on arrival. Tower Tours and Tower Top Climbs are also available on selected dates. 

  • Visitors can light a candle at one of the candle stands in the Cathedral if they wish.

  • You are welcome to take photos of the Cathedral for your personal use - please read our photographers' guidelines first.

  • The Cathedral grounds are open (the Cloisters can be reached via the door in the south aisle or via the pathway to the right as you face the Cathedral) and are a lovely place to walk on a fine day.

  • You can follow this link to buy a Cathedral Guide Book.

  • Sundays, the carvery and tea room in the Becket Chapel within the Precincts, is now open from Tuesday to Sunday.

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