Planned Closures

Worcester Cathedral is open 365 days of the year, 7.30am to 6.00pm, and is free to enter.  There will, however, be occasions when access will need to be restricted to some, or very occasionally all, of the Cathedral while services or events take place.  We are not always able to give advance notice of closures but where possible we will include details on this webpage. If you would like further advice on your visit, please contact our office on (+44) (0) 1905 732900 or info@worcestercathedral.org.uk

Every week:

Every day, Monday to Saturday, access to the east end of the cathedral and the crypt begins to be restricted shortly before 5pm as we prepare for our daily service of Choral Evensong (or Evening Prayer) at 5.30pm. Visitors in the nave are asked to be quiet while the service is in progress.

Every Sunday we hold our main Sung Eucharist at 10.30am; all are welcome to attend, but the cathedral does not open for sightseeing until 12 noon after the service has finished. The Cloisters remain open to visitors, and our Cloister Café begins serving at 11.30am. (At some points in the year – usually in March, August and December – our Sunday morning Eucharist takes place in the quire, and it is possible to visit the nave while it takes place.)

Every Sunday access to the east end of the cathedral and the crypt begins to be restricted shortly before 3.30pm as we prepare for the service of Choral Evensong at 4pm. These areas will reopen after 5pm when the service has finished. Visitors in the nave are asked to be quiet while the service is in progress.

 

2017 dates:

 

November

Wednesday 8 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 2.00pm (schools event)

Thursday 9 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors, and access to other parts of the cathedral may be restricted, 8.30am - 4.00pm (schools event)

Friday 10 November:
Nave closed to visitors 1.30pm - 4.00pm (Lights of Love service)
Please note that there will be no 2.30pm tour 

Saturday 11 November:
Lady Chapel closed to visitors 2.00pm - 4.30pm (wedding)

Monday 13 November:
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating setup)

Tuesday 14 November:
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating setup)

Thursday 16 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (event setup)

Friday 17 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors until 11.30am (event de-rig)

Saturday 18 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 1.30pm onwards (concert backstage)

Sunday 19 November:
Cathedral closed to those not attending evensong 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Wednesday 22 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 1.00pm onwards (concert backstage)

Friday 24 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 4.00pm onwards (event setup)

Saturday 25 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (event de-rig/RSCM Festival)

Monday 27 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors, and access to other parts of the cathedral may be restricted, 9.00am - 3.00pm (schools event)
Lady Chapel closed to visitors 2.00pm - 4.00pm (Mother's Union service)

Tuesday 28 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors, and access to other parts of the cathedral may be restricted, 9.00am - 3.00pm (schools event)
East End (incl. Quire, Lady Chapel and Crypt) closed to visitors from 3.30pm onwards (A Christmas Carol rehearsal)

Wednesday 29 November:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (café setup)
Nave closed to visitors 2.00pm - 3.00pm (event setup)

December

Monday 4 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (café de-rig)

Tuesday 5 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (private event)
Cathedral closed to visitors 8.30am - 10.00am (school service)

Wednesday 6 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 11.00am (school carol service backstage)

Saturday 9 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 1.30pm onwards (concert backstage)

Monday 11 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 11.00am - 12.00pm (tour refreshments)

Tuesday 12 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.30am - 12.30pm (school carol service backstage)
Nave closed to visitors 1.00pm - 4.00pm (Christopher Whitehead Language College carol service)

Wednesday 13 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.30am - 12.30pm (school carol service backstage)

Friday 15 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 11.00am (school carol service backstage)
Nave closed to visitors 1.00pm - 4.00pm (Cherry Orchard Primary School carol service)

Monday 18 December:
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating de-rig)

Tuesday 19 December:
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating de-rig)

Wednesday 20 December:
Nave and Chapter House closed to visitors all day (The Snowman)

Thursday 21 December:
Lady Chapel closed to visitors 11.30am - 1.30pm (Diocesan service)

Friday 22 December:
Cathedral closes at 5.00pm for visiting in preparation for the Cathedral Carol Service

Saturday 23 December:
Cathedral closes at 5.00pm for visiting in preparation for the Cathedral Carol Service

Sunday 24 December:
Cathedral closes at 2.00pm for visiting in preparation for the Christmas Eve services

Monday 25 December:
Cathedral closes after Evensong



Please note further closures may be scheduled between now and your visit. This list was last updated on Wednesday 8 November 2017.

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