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 - updated 24/02/2022

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

  • Anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 is asked not to visit or attend events at the Cathedral.

  • Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, or who is unwell, is asked to consider staying at home to avoid the risk of passing on infection. 

  • Visitors are welcome to continue to wear a face covering whilst they are in the Cathedral. 

  • Sanitising gel is available at the entrance for visitors to sanitise their hands on arrival at the Cathedral.  

  • The NHS QR code will be available for visitors to scan for NHS Test and Trace purposes. Alternatively you can write down your contact details, unless you are attending an event and we have these already via our ticket booking system. Any written details are kept for 21 days in line with government guidelines and then destroyed securely. 

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 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.

  • Well-behaved dogs on a lead may be admitted, at the discretion of the Welcome Desk supervisor.

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

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