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Planned Closures

Friday 17 September 2021

Due to a service taking place inside the Cathedral, from 2pm visitors will be able to access the East End only via the entrance door opposite the High street; this will be marked ‘Visitor Entrance.’ Our friendly Visitor Welcome Assistants will be on hand to direct you.

Our 11am socially distanced tour will go ahead as planned, but there will be no 2.30pm tour on this day.

The Cloister Cafe and shop will also be closed from 1pm. 

Please note that this is likely to be the same for another Memorial Service which takes place on Monday 4 October.

We will be open as usual from 10am on Saturday 18 September. 

Restrictions during normal visiting hours

While the Cathedral is open to general visits, not all areas of the Cathedral will be accessible. There is no entry off College Green. In addition the tower will remain closed for the time being.

From time to time when we have funerals or memorial services the Quire in the East end will be closed, however the Nave and parts of the Cloister will be open (where possible) during visiting hours.

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 info@worcestercathedral.org.uk.

Before Covid-19

Before the Covid-19 Pandemic Worcester Cathedral was open 365 days of the year, 7.30am to 6.00pm.

If you are planning a visit some time ahead, and if the Cathedral can re-open completely as it did before Covid-19, you may want to take the following information into consideration:

  • Monday - 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.
  • Sunday, we hold our main Sung Eucharist at 10.30am; all are welcome to attend, but the Cathedral does not open for sightseeing until 1pm. 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.)
  • 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. Visitors in the Nave are asked to be quiet while the service is in progress.

Please visit our website prior to your visit, to check opening hours and current restrictions.