Our access statement

Gloucester Cathedral is situated in the heart of Gloucester and is an iconic building which can be glimpsed from several miles away; it is an extremely popular destination for visitors to the area as well as a place for regular worship. 

The Cathedral combines a daily programme of religious services with the opportunity to enjoy glorious architecture, learn about the Cathedral’s long and fascinating history and enjoy the majestic offering of music.  There is always the opportunity to enjoy a moment of quiet prayer, light a candle or leave a prayer note.

You can read our Visit England Accessibility Guide here

We ask that visitors make a donation upon entrance to the Cathedral. Our suggestion donation is £5.00 per adult visitor. It costs over £6,000 each day keep the Cathedral open. We don't recieve any any government or regular central church funding so rely on the generosity of our visitors to help look after the building.

Some of the things your donations go towards:

  • Our onsite Stone Masons and the conservation of the building
  • Our Education and Outreach programme
  • Our world class choral music
  • Our Breakfast Club and work with the homeless of Gloucester

Car parking & arrival

There are eight parking spaces which are for use by Blue Badge holders on a first come first served basis.

If none of these spaces are available, you may use any other available parking spaces within College Green. Please contact the Cathedral Reception if you require any further information on 01452 528095.

Inside the Cathedral

There is a level approach to the main entrance of the Cathedral at the South Porch and the door is wheelchair accessible.  The flooring within the Cathedral is made primarily of stone and care should be taken as it is uneven in places.

Assistance dogs are welcome inside the Cathedral but no other dogs are allowed.

Volunteer Welcomers will greet you on arrival at the Cathedral.  Please let them know if you have particular requirements during your visit.  You can ask for a personal Guide to tour the building with you. We also have available a touch centre for orientation.

We can provide a wheelchair for the duration of your visit, although you are welcome to use your own wheelchair or mobility scooter if preferred. 

There are self operating lifts in the Cathedral.

If you require any assistance in using them please ask a member of the team. Most areas are wheelchair accessible with aid of the wheelchair lifts except some side chapels which have narrow entrances.

The Tower, the Tribune Gallery and the Library are not accessible for wheelchairs or for those with mobility difficulties as they are accessed via steep stairs. These areas can be explored digitally using our Virtual Tour available at the Visitor Information Point.

A hearing loop system operates in the Nave and the Quire.  If you are attending a service, concert or other event, please switch your hearing aid to “T”.

The Treasury

The Treasury is normally open April to October from Monday to Saturday.  Access for wheelchairs is via the Cloisters. Please ask a Cathedral Guide (wearing a red sash) if you would like to visit.

Public toilets

There is an accessible toilet which can be reached on level ground via the Cloisters.  An emergency alarm pull cord is available if required.  

The Monk's Kitchen

The lift which provides level access to The Monk's Kitchen is currently out of use as it is awaiting repair. Alternative level access is available through the exterior entrance to The Monk's Kitchen.

Where possible our food is locally sourced.  We do our best to cater for any dietary requirements; please contact us in advance to check for any specific requests you may have.

The Monk's Kitchen Coffee Shop is self-service but staff are happy to assist on request.  Large print menus are available and staff can also run through menus with you.

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is situated inside the West End of the Cathedral, with a level entrance.  

Function suite

Due to the nature of this Grade 1 listed building, the first floor Parliament, Laud and Henry rooms are not wheelchair accessible from the ground floor.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Chapter House

This can be accessed through the main door from the Cathedral to the Cloisters on level ground.  The stone flooring is uneven in places but the Chapter House entrance is wheelchair accessible.

Sensory Resources

We have a range of Sensory Resources for you to borrow during your visit.  There are three boxes available based on the following themes:

General Sensory Trail
Walk around trail and objects with suggested stops, ideal for small groups with complex disabilities

Early Years Resources Box
For those around 2-5 years old.  Popular with nursery groups and child minders

Traditions Box
Most suited to an older audience, particularly those living with dementia.

We also have the following individual items to borrow ad hoc:
Children’s ear defenders
Colouring sheets and pencils
Tactile battery operated candle
Holding Cross

Please ask at the Welcome Desk to borrow any of these resources free of charge and just return them before you leave. More information coming soon including PDF downloads of box content and trails.  Please contact Community Engagement & Social Responsibility Manager for details.

We look forward to welcoming you, either for worship or as a visitor.  Please advise us if there is anything further we can do to make your visit more enjoyable. If you have any queries or require assistance please contact the Cathedral Office

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