Stonemason leading a tour

Group Visits

Plan the perfect visit for your group

We welcome groups to the Cathedral. Enjoy a private Highlights Tour, explore our medieval library, venture up the 269 steps to the top of the 15th century tower or visit the works yard of the talented stonemasons. Whatever you’re interested in, our Visitor Experience Team can build the perfect visit for your group

All group visitors receive a complimentary walk around guide and accompanying international translation (we currently have English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Romanian, Danish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian translations available).

Guided tours are only available in English, but groups are welcome to bring along their own interpreter. Groups are recommended to bring one translator per 15 visitors.

The busy nature of the Cathedral means that it is essential for every group to book at least three weeks in advance to secure a slot on the diary and to allow for guides to be scheduled. All of our guides are volunteers, so it is better to have as much notice as possible.

Whilst we make every effort to welcome everyone to the Cathedral, we cannot always accommodate unbooked groups and may have to turn them away if they are likely to be disruptive to other events taking place.

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To arrange your bespoke visit for groups of six people or more,
please call 01452 508210 or email using the link below.

Special Requests

Young people on scaffolding

Wherever possible we will accommodate special requests, including hen dos, birthday parties, marriage proposals or themed filming tours. If you would like your guided tour to focus on a particular area of interest, such as stained glass, get in touch with us to discuss and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Eat and drink

Between tours, indulge in one of our Afternoon Teas or a tasty lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Parliament Suite where Henry VIII once stayed.

The Monk’s Kitchen Eatery offers a delicious range of hot and cold drinks, cakes, rolls, paninis, toasties, sandwiches and afternoon teas. Please let us know if you’d like us to cater for your group.

Monk's Kitchen Menu

Coach parking

Due to limited space coach parking is not permitted in the Cathedral grounds.

There is a coach drop off point a short walk away in Westgate Street near St Nicholas’ Church and the Dick Whittington pub. Please advise your driver not to drive in the pedestrianised part of Westgate Street.

Gloucester City Council operate a complimentary Meet and Greet Service offering free central and secure coach parking, meal and drink vouchers for coach drivers and up-to-date advice on visiting Gloucester. For more information about how to book a space click here.

School Visits

To find out more about organising a school visit, click on the button below.

Getting Here

  • How to find us

    The Cathedral is located in the historic heart of Gloucester and our spectacular tower can be seen from many spots in and around the city.

    Click here to download or print off a guide on ‘Getting to Gloucester Cathedral’

  • Parking

    We are sorry that due to limited space, parking in the Cathedral Close is restricted to pass holders only.

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

    However, there are several public car parks within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.

    To find out more please download our parking guide or click here for up-to-date information.

  • Arriving by Public Transport

    The Cathedral is located in Gloucester Town Centre, so the best way to get here is by public transport.

    We are a 10-15 minute walk from both the train and bus stations. You can also use Gloucester’s Park and Ride.

    Click here for more information about this service.

  • Cycling

    There are bike racks available on Cathedral Green. Route 41 of the National Cycle Network runs through the Cathedral grounds – find out more about the route here.

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