Worcester Cathedral is a magnificent sight as it rises majestically above the River Severn. Worcester has been the seat of a bishopric since the Seventh Century, and the Cathedral was served by monks until the Reformation. St Oswald and St Wulfstan were among the bishops. Since the Eighteenth Century, the Cathedral has been famous for its part in the annual Three Choirs Festival, the oldest choral festival in existence. Today the Cathedral is the centre of a vibrant community of clergy and laypeople, offering the praises of God each day, serving the city and diocese of Worcester, and attracting visitors from all over the world.
With royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass. There is also a fascinating ancient library and archive, which houses the second largest collection of medieval manuscripts in any cathedral in the UK.
Worcester Cathedral is open daily 7.30am-6pm, with services three times daily. Entry is free.
We welcome families, groups, and individuals, with refreshments, a quality gift shop, and disabled access.
Group Guided Tours can be booked all year round. Individuals are able to 'Turn up for a Tour' at 11.00am and 2.30pm on Saturdays. In addition from April to the end of November individuals can ‘Turn up for a tour’ twice a day, Monday to Saturday at 11.00am and at 2.30pm. To visit the medieval library booking is essential.
The Tower is usually open to climb during weekends and school holidays from February to October (weather and events permitting).
A tactile guide can be used by the visually impaired. A loop is available at all services for the hard of hearing.
There is nearby parking, bus and train stations.