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. It is free to visit the Cathedral and on Heritage Open Days and we are delighted to offer additional free activities to visitors.
Although our tours are free, some require pre booking. To book visit www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk
Some of the exiting activities available are:
Guided Highlight Tours:Enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral including the tomb of Edward II, the Lady Chapel and the Cloisters where Harry Potter was filmed. Tours last 1 hour. Suitable for 6 and above.
Medieval Library: Visit the 15th century monastic library, which houses the Cathedral’s collection of books and manuscripts. This hidden historic gem was also once used at the first classroom for The King’s School. Access is via an enclosed spiral staircase
Guided Tower Tours-Climb 269 steps to the top of the tower to enjoy breathtaking 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. Access via a small flight of stairs.
Guided Crypt Tours- 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. Access is via a small flight of stairs.
Parliament Rooms-Visit three historic rooms in Church House, the former Abbots’ lodgings which are the site of Richard II’s parliament in 1378 and the
place where Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed in their royal progress of 1535.
This event has suitable wheelchair access