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Opening hours - admission is free

Opening hours

Monday 23 December
The Cathedral will be closed from 4.00pm to prepare for The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and will reopen at 5.15pm for those attending the service.

Christmas Eve
The Cathedral will be closed for visiting from 12.30pm, and will reopen at 2.45pm for those attending the second Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 
The Cathedral will close again following that service, reopening at 10.15pm for those attending Midnight Mass

Christmas Day
So that our dedicated and hardworking team of vergers might enjoy some time with friends and family, the Cathedral will be open for services only

From Boxing Day to New Year's Day, the Cathedral will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm with services at the following times:
10.00am Morning Prayer
12.30pm Eucharist
3.30pm Evening Prayer

From Thursday 2 January, the Cathedral is open to visitors from 8.00am until 5.00pm, unless you wish to attend Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer at 5.15pm. 

  • On Saturdays and Sundays we are open from 8.00am until 3.15pm, unless you wish to attend Choral Evensong at 3.30pm.
  • Please note - sometimes there will be special services and events happening in the Cathedral which may mean that these times change, and that we have to close to the public temporarily. Please see the 'What's On' and 'News' sections for more detailed information about what is happening.

Admission is free, and you are very welcome to come inside and look around. Feel free to wander and soak up the atmosphere, sit quietly somewhere, or join us in our of our services. You can also visit our shop and café


  • Baby change available in disabled toilet, by the cafe at the end of the cloister
  • Cafe with highchairs (breastfeeding friendly)
  • Please note there are steps in some parts of the building if you are bringing a pram or buggy

To find our more about free activities for families and children, click here.  

All our staff and volunteers work hard to help people stay safe whilst they are in the Cathedral. If you see any suspicious behaviour that causes alarm please make sure you report it to a Duty Verger or another member of staff.  All visitors are asked to keep their luggage and bags with them at all times. We reserve the right to undertake random searches if required. The government has published advice about what to do in the event of a terror attack. See the Run/Hide/Tell leaflet and film. 

Lost children 
If children are lost during the course of a visit please report the matter to our Duty Verger. If you cannot find a Verger please report to the Welcome Desk or the Shop. For more information on our safeguarding work click here

First aid 
The Cathedral has two AED de-fibrillators for use in a first aid emergency. Ask the Duty Verger, shop or cafe staff if you need help.