The present Cathedral building was begun around 1175. It is one of the most impressive of the English cathedrals and has survived eight centuries with all its associated buildings still around it - the Chapter House, Vicars' Hall, the cloisters and the unique Vicars' close. The magnificent west façade, built between 1209 and 1250, is unique in retaining almost 300 of its original medieval statues. The scissor arches and famous clock cannot be missed!
April-September: 7.00am - 7.00pm October-March: 7.00am - 6.00pm Please note the Cathedral operates a Quiet Hour 12 noon to 1pm from April to October. This restores the peace and tranquility of this holy place and serves as a reminder of its primary purpose as a place of worship. Guided tours do not take place during Quiet Hour.
Admission to the Cathedral is free - donations are welcome. We receive no direct state aid and need over £3,000 per day for the maintenance, upkeep and running costs of this magnificent working cathedral. We ask you to help by giving: Adult: £6.00 Child/Student: £3.00 Senior Citizen: £4.00 If you are a UK taxpayer please give your donation in a yellow gift aid envelope. This scheme enables the cathedral to claim a tax refund of an extra 28p for every £1 you give.
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Facilities and services
- Baby changing facilities
- Education facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Gardens open to public
- Meeting room available
- Parking for disabled available
- Picnic area
- Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
- Research facilities for academics
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
- Wheelchairs available for loan
The new Friends Building for Education and Music, situated off the East Cloister, provides secure facilities for school groups. Recent improvements include a new visitor entrance, shop and restaurant, and interpretation area in the Undercroft with interactive displays.
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Events and resources for children and families
- Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
- Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
- Guided tours
- Information point provided
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Secondary school education service available
- Touch exhibits
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