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:

September

Thursday 7 September:
Cathedral closed to visitors 8.30am - 10.00am (school service)

Friday 8 September:
Nave closed to visitors 8.30am - 2.30pm (Heart of Worcestershire College Awards)
Please note that there will be no 11am turn up for a tour 

Sunday 10 September:
Nave closed to visitors 1.00pm - 3.30pm (Masonic service)
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (Masonic lunch)

Tuesday 12 September:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (event setup)

Wednesday 13 September:
Chapter House closed to visitors until 12.00noon (event de-rig)
Crypt closed to visitors 10.00am - 11.00am (meditation service)

Friday 15 September:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 2.30pm (PGCE workshop)

Saturday 16 September:
Nave closed to visitors 1.30pm - 4.00pm (Reader's service)
Chapter House closed to visitors 12.00noon - 5.00pm (Reader's service)
Please note that there will be no 2.30pm tour 

Sunday 17 September:
Road closures around the Cathedral including Worcester Bridge
Click here for information including times and locations
Cathedral closed to visitors 3.00pm - 5.30pm (Stanley Baldwin anniversary service)
Chapter House closed to visitors 4.00pm - 6.00pm (service refreshments)

Wednesday 20 September:
Chapter House closed to visitors 10.30am - 11.30am (tour refreshments)
East end closed to visitors 2.00pm - 4.00pm (funeral)
Please note there will be no 2.30pm tour

Saturday 23 September:
East End (incl. Quire, Lady Chapel and Crypt) closed to visitors 11.00am - 1.30pm (wedding)

Sunday 24 September:
Cathedral closed to visitors 3.00 - 5.30pm (Battle of Passchendaele commemoration service)

Thursday 28 September:
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating setup)

Friday 29 September:
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating setup)

Saturday 30 September:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (concert)

 

October

Sunday 1 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (Harvest lunch)

Tuesday 3 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 4.00pm (schools event)

Thursday 5 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (schools event followed by private function)

Saturday 7 October:
Lady Chapel closed to visitors 2.00pm - 4.00pm (Friends of Worcester Cathedral AGM)

Tuesday 10 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 2.00pm (schools event)

Wednesday 11 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 3.00pm (schools event)

Thursday 12 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 2.00pm onwards (concert backstage)

Friday 13 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 2.00pm (schools event)

Saturday 14 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 1.00pm onwards (concert backstage)

Sunday 15 October:
Cathedral closed to visitors 3.00pm - 5.30pm (Judiciary service)
Chapter House closed to visitors 4.00pm - 6.00pm (service refreshments)

Monday 16 October:
Quire closed to visitors 9.00am - 5.00pm (Shakespeare in the Cathedral)
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating de-rig)

Tuesday 17 October:
Part of the Nave closed to visitors all day (tiered seating de-rig)

Thursday 19 October:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am - 2.00pm (schools event)
East End (incl. Quire, Lady Chapel and Crypt) closed to visitors 12.30pm - 4.30pm (Shakespeare in the Cathedral)

Friday 20 October:
East End (incl. Quire, Lady Chapel and Crypt) closed to visitors 12.30pm - 4.30pm (Shakespeare in the Cathedral)

Saturday 28 October:
Chapter House and South cloister closed to visitors all day (private function)

Week commencing Monday 30 October:
Nave closed to visitors all day (University of Worcester Graduation ceremonies)

Please note further closures may be scheduled between now and your visit. This list was last updated on Friday 1 September 2017.

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