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Planned Closures

Currently open for worship and prayer only

To reflect the new national lockdown, the Cathedral will be open for private prayer and reflection (Monday-Saturday, 11am-1pm only) and selected public services from Wednesday 6 January to Wednesday 17 February inclusive.

Information on opening times and services for 18 February onwards will be confirmed when government guidance is announced.

Please see our Services page for a full list of weekly services.

We will continue to broadcast an act of worship every day here on the Worcester Cathedral Facebook page.

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 access to parts of the east end of the Cathedral, parts of the Cloister, the Garth Garden (off the Cloister), the West Gardens and there is no entry off College Green. In addition the toilets, shop and 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 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.)
  • 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.

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