Can I visit the Cathedral?
Places of worship are permitted to open for individual private prayer with effect from Monday June 15th, and we look forward to welcoming those who wish to visit for this purpose. In addition, we plan to be open for public worship from Sunday July 5th.
Which parts of the Cathedral are open?
The Cathedral Ruins and the New Cathedral are now both open between 10 am and 2 pm daily. The New Cathedral is accessible as far as the Pulpit and Great Lectern, but the side chapels (the Chapel of Unity, Lady Chapel, Gethsemane, Chapel of Christ the Servant and Millennium) are not open just yet. St Michael’s Gallery and the Undercroft also remain closed.
Where will I enter the Ruins?
You can enter the Ruins using the entrance under the Tower opposite the Slug and Lettuce. A one-way system is in operation so the exit will be the gate leading into Bayley Lane.
Where will I enter the New Cathedral?
Entry to the Cathedral is via the West Screen. Entrance and exit routes will be clearly marked.
Will I be able to sit to pray?
There is limited seating available which will be cleaned regularly. There is no seating available in the Ruins.
Are there be toilets available?
Toilets are available on Sunday mornings but unfortunately there is no toilet provision for the public at other times.
What will happen with Morning Prayer and the Litany? Can I take part?
For the time being, Morning Prayer and the Litany will take place without any of the public present. We will continue to stream both via Facebook Live, and warmly invite you all to join us virtually.
Will the Tower and Blitz Museum be open?
Neither the Blitz nor Tower are yet open.
Will there be a chaplain available?
In order to reduce risks we are working with a reduced staff level, and no volunteers, so unfortunately there are no chaplain available for you to speak to. There may be a member of clergy who can talk to you at a safe social distance, and our Welcome Team can give you contact details of someone you can arrange to speak to should you require them.
Will your Gift Shop be open?
The Cathedral gift shop remains closed at this time – but however you can purchase souvenirs from our online shop. Please click here.
Will there be hand sanitiser available?
Yes, hand sanitiser is available at the entrance.
Will I be able to light a candle?
You may light a candle within the New Cathedral. The candle-stand is pre-populated with candles and there are disposable tapers to use to avoid the need to handle anything unsafely. You can also light a candle online on our virtual prayer wall – please click here.
Can I take photos?
The purpose of a visit is currently for individual private prayer only and as such we ask that you are aware of the impact upon others in the building.
Can I bring my children?
Children are very welcome to attend with other members of their household. We ask that you ensure that children observe social distancing and are respectful of other visitors.
Can I visit with a group?
The Cathedral is currently only open for individual private prayer. Current Government guidelines state that you can spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines. If the people that you wish to visit with fit into this criteria then you are welcome to visit.
Can I make a donation?
Yes! We are really glad of your support in maintaining the Cathedral’s ministry at a time when hope needs to be sustained and fear resisted. You can donate with a card via one of our contactless donation points, or alternatively cash donation boxes are available (the boxes are emptied regularly and locked away securely when the building is not in use). These are emptied in accordance with safe hygiene practice. Ways of donating online – either on a on-off basis or regularly – can be found by clicking here.