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Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, stands in the north of the city near the river.

Attraction in or near Gloucester



Although today it’s more immediately recognisable across the world as ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ in the Harry Potter movies, Gloucester Cathedral has been dominating the local landscape since the 7th Century, when it was founded by King Osric, as St Peter’s Abbey.

It was then rebuilt in 1089 by William the Conqueror, who commissioned the Doomsday Book from the Abbey in 1085.

The pretty perpendicular tower to Gloucester’s iconic Cathedral commands all approaches to the City, and announces the spiritual and physical focus for a great English city. The 14th Century built Great Cloister is one of the finest examples of this style in Europe. Its Great East Window is the largest stained glass window in England.

A place of both religion and political significance, the Parliament Rooms were part of a great hall used by Richard II to hold parliament in 1378. The Abbey closed after Henry VIII's dissolution in the 16th Century; but it survived and became a Cathedral, due to its earlier Royal connections.

Opening Times



Normal opening times are listed below. In term time the building is closed between 08:45 and 09.15 for school assembly.

There may be days when access to some areas of the Cathedral is restricted due to services and other major events. For these and other closures please visit the cathedral website

Opening Times

Daily 07.30 a.m. to 18.00 p.m.

Sunday services are held at 7.40am, 8.00am, 10.15am and 3.00pm. 
You are most welcome to join these services, but please be aware that Cathedral access will be restricted. 
Recommended Sunday viewing times: 11.45am-2.45pm


  • Attraction
  • Children welcome
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Free
  • Heritage
  • Visitor Attraction
  • Wheelchair access


2 College Green
O/S Ref: SO 83089 18706

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