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 10.00am. (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.

 

 

December 2019

Friday 6 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am to 1.00pm (carol service preparations)
Chapter House closed to visitors from 3.30pm onwards (Christmas Tree Festival launch)

Saturday 7 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 12.30pm onwards (concert preparations)

Tuesday 10 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.00am to 1.30pm (carol service preparations)
Nave closed to visitors 1.00pm to 4.00pm (Cherry Orchard school carol service)

Wednesday 11 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 12.45pm to 1.45pm (carol service preparations)

Thursday 12 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (Mayor's Charities Afternoon Tea)

Friday 13 December:
Cathedral closed to visitors 1.30pm to 3.15pm (school service)

Saturday 14 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 12.30pm (concert preparations)

Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (private event)

Wednesday 18 December:
Nave closed to visitors 12.45pm to 3.00pm (Hollymount school carol service)

Thursday 19 December:
Chapter House closed to visitors 9.30am to 3.00pm (carol service preparations)
Nave closed to visitors 1.30pm to 3.00pm (Christopher Whitehead school carol service)

Friday 20 December:
Lady Chapel closed to visitors 12.00pm to 1.00pm (Diocesan Staff Christmas service)

Saturday 21 December:
Nave closed to visitors all day. Access to the East End is through the Friends' Door on the north side of the cathedral, and the cloisters, café and shop via College Green on the south side. There is no Turn Up for a Tour at 11.00am or 2.30pm. (Christmas film performances)
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Sunday 22 December:
Cathedral closed to visitors from 4.30pm onwards (Cathedral carol service). All welcome to attend; service starts at 6.30pm. Evening Prayer is in the Crypt at 4.00pm

Monday 23 December:
Cathedral closed to visitors from 4.30pm onwards (Cathedral carol service). All welcome to attend; service starts at 6.30pm. Evening Prayer is in the Crypt at 5.30pm

Tuesday 24 December:
Cathedral closed for general visiting from 12.00pm onwards (Christmas Eve services). All welcome to attend:
Crib Service 1.00pm and 3.00pm
Evening Carol service sung by former choristers 5.30pm
Midnight Mass 11.30pm (doors open at 10.15pm)

Wednesday 25 December:
Cathedral closed after evensong (5.00pm approximately)

 

January 2020

Friday 10 January:
Cathedral closed to visitors 8.30am - 10.00am (school service)

Friday 17 January:
Chapter House closed to visitors all day (private event)

Thursday 23 January:
Chapter House closed to visitors from 3.00pm onwards (school event)

Friday 31 January:
Quire closed to visitors from 1.30pm to 3.00pm (school service)

 

Please note further closures may be scheduled between now and your visit. This list was last updated on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

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