Heritage Open Days 2021

Heritage Open Days 2021 at Gloucester Cathedral 

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 September 

Formerly the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter, founded in the 11th century, the Cathedral features Norman pillars in the nave, the elaborate tomb of Edward II, exquisite 14th century fan vaulting, the 15th century tower and the magnificent Great East Window.

Our activities and events listed below bring this remarkable and sacred place to life for all.  Entry to the Cathedral is by a voluntary donation and on Heritage Open Day we are delighted to offer additional free activities to visitors.


Highlights from the Medieval Library  

Friday 10 September 11am - 3pm

Gloucester Cathedral
Drop in, no booking required

Come along to the Chapter House to see a display of original items chosen by our Library volunteers from the Cathedral Library and Archives.



Parliament Rooms

Saturday 11 September 11am - 4pm

Gloucester Cathedral
Drop in, no booking required

Visit three historic rooms in Church House, the former Abbots’ lodgings which are the site of Richard II’s parliament in 1378 and are the place where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed in their royal progress of 1535. 



The Stonemasons’ Workshop at Gloucester Cathedral  

Saturday 11 September 10am - 3pm

Workshop of St Peter, Pitt Street
Drop in, no booking required

Gloucester is one of only a few Cathedrals that still has its own onsite Stonemasons’ workshop. Enjoy carving demonstrations and find out more about the work that this team do to conserve and restore an extraordinary building.



Pre-booking is required for the following tours:

Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. They will only be available to book from 10.00am on Monday 23 August.

  • Tickets can be reserved by clicking the booking link in the event details below.
  • Tickets can be reserved in person at the Cathedral Welcome Desk. If booking in person, please check the Cathedral opening times before travelling to make sure the welcome desk will be open.


Guided Highlights Tour - Sold Out

Saturday 11 September 10.30am, 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.00pm

Tours last for one hour
Gloucester Cathedral
Booking essential - Click here to book  (Please note that this tour is now sold out)

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral including the tomb of Edward II, the Lady Chapel and the Cloisters where Harry Potter was filmed.


Guided Tower Tour - Sold Out

Saturday 11 September 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Tours last for one hour
Gloucester Cathedral
Booking essential - Click here to book (Please note that this tour is now sold out)

Climb 269 steps to the top of the tower to enjoy breath-taking views 40 miles across Gloucestershire. On the way up visit the bell chamber which houses Great Peter, the largest medieval bell still in use in Britain.

Suitable for all ages over 6
Must be able to walk up 269 steps (enclosed, mainly spiral staircase)


Guided Crypt Tour - Sold Out

Saturday 11 September 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Tours last for 30 mins
Gloucester Cathedral
Booking essential - Click here to book  (Please note that this tour is now sold out)

Descend into the Crypt to discover the earliest part of the Cathedral. See the chapels and passages used by the monks as well as the central chamber where bones were once stored.

Suitable for all ages but must be able to manage a small flight of stairs


While you're here, browse our lovely Gift Shop located inside the Cathedral Nave, it's full of beautiful and unique souvenirs to remind you of your visit and be sure to drop in at the Monk's Kitchen for a deliciously tasty treat.

Access Statement:

The main Cathedral and Stonemasons’ Workshop are wheelchair accessible. The Parliament Rooms, Tribune Gallery, Crypt, Library and Tower are not.


We look forward to seeing you.




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