Southwell Minster
Southwell Minster
4.5
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Cathedral Church of Nottinghamshire. Set in the picturesque Georgian market town of Southwell, just 6 miles from the A1, this beautiful church dates back to 1108. Home to the world famous 'Leaves of Southwell', medieval stonecarvings dating back to the 13th century and widely regarded as amongst the finest in all of Europe. Beautiful stained-glass windows and woodcarvings throughout. Next door to The Archbishop's Palace, a must-see in itself. Cathedral Gift Shop and cafe. Please visit our website for further details www.southwellminster.org
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • TinaOreilly
    Leicester, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour and guide was excellent
    We attended a paid event at Southwell Minster , visiting the Archbishops Palace and gardens. The guide Elizabeth had a wealth of knowledge with a hint of humour. A very good tour throughly enjoyed by us all. Excellent value for money and Will definitely be returning.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2023
  • DevonKitty
    74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    This is well worth a visit. It’s impeccably maintained and the stonework, stained glass and woodwork are impressive. Our dog was welcomed inside, and the volunteers were friendly and informative. The grounds are beautiful and the refectory serves great refreshments. If you are in the vicinity don’t miss this
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • jeanann1485
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building
    I was born in Southwell and visit the Minster regularly. It is a fabulous building containing some of the most beautiful stone carvings in Europe. If you have never visited then you have missed a treat. The romanesque architecture is stunning and the Minster is full of interest and beauty. Book a guided tour if you have time , you will not regret it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Monica D
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exquisite
    Beautiful building filled with history. Huge thanks to Dorothy for explaining some of the incredible features and the reason why dogs are allowed inside. Allow time to take it all in and also visit the Palace gardens/ruin. Car park opposite free for 0-2hrs which was an unexpected bonus. Some lovely shops in the small town too.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 24, 2023
  • dnowland_12
    Leeds, United Kingdom4,284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Minster Visit
    What a wonderful old and historic Minster to visit, our group of friends had a really good time looking at all it had to offer. I particularly liked the stained glass windows and the "Journey to the Cross" miniature sculptures. This attraction is a MUST SEE place if you are in or anywhere near Southwell and don't forget to visit the Bishops Palace while you are there. Really enjoyable, would definitely visit again.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 2, 2024
  • 522sarah104
    Lincolnshire, United Kingdom67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful features in a beautiful building
    A glorious building to see, whilst the outside is impressive the inside takes your breath away. Walking in through the amazing arched entrance set the tone with similarly beautiful features, like the carved stone leaves and wooden carved pulpits, throughout the minster and the surprise of the Roman tiles. The staff on hand were very friendly and knowledgeable adding to what was a lovely visit. The Archbishops palace was also a treat to see and we learnt about some of its famous past visitors.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 3, 2024
  • Gmnottm
    Nottingham, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit is highly recommended
    I visted Southwell with a friend for the first time. We found Southwell a delightful place although I would recommend not visiting on a Monday as most of the shops were closed. However the Minister was open and we were pleasantly surprised to find that entrance was free. There was the opportunity to make a donation which we duly did as the whole experience of the visit was wonderful. There were several staff inside to welcome people as they entered and these were both friendly, helpful and very informative. The organ was playing which added to the atmosphere and there was so much to see in this historical building. I love history and it was a joy to learn of the historical figures who had visited in the past. We have already made plans to vist again in the near future.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 12, 2024
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom899 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Southwell is not just for race days
    South well Minster is a lovely building, a real hidden gem in the truest sense. Not many folk outside of Nottinghamshire and surrounding area will know it exists. But the minster and Southwell itself is a fabulous find. A really impressive building that is a joy to witness, both inside and out. I'm not remotely spiritual, an atheist in fact, but I can still appreciate a wonderful building. All that said. In October, my daughter will be attending the nearby university campus, so clear the area from then on. Probably for the best...
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Sharon N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place, you really need to visit!!!
    We booked the tour of the Archbishop's Palace and Palace gardens, which was absolutely fascinating...would recommend to anyone visiting Southwell. The history of the place is beyond interesting and such an important part of our history. The Minster is one of the most amazing places we have visited, and it was made even more so by the time afforded to us by Roger and his knowledge and enthusiasm (thank you Roger!)...which brought the history and importance of Southwell Minster to life.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 15, 2024
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Nicholas B
Barnsley, UK214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
While looking for interesting new places to visit within a hour or so of my home, I found Southwell Minster, and as someone who likes to visit cathedrals and interesting buildings, I thought I would give it a go. Turned out to be a great choice!
Pre booked tour on the website, and even received a phone call to confirm, and was asked if i had any specific areas of interest about the cathedral.
Arrived before tour for lunch at the refectory, which was lovely and provided nice food. Very good tour which lasted 70 mins and was really interesting.
Definite favourite was the chapter house with the world famous leave carvings.
Mesmerised by the twin pepperpot towers outside.
Must visit if you like cathedrals and history, and do book a guided tour.
Written February 9, 2020
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Thank you for your review. The Chapter House really is a stunning area of the church and is a favourite of many visitors from all over the world. So glad you enjoyed your guided tour Hopefully see you again soon
Written August 24, 2020
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Thomas E
Tideswell, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We visited Southwell for the weekend of my 71st Birthday and stayed at the famous Saracens Head which is just across the road from the Minster. The Minster (or Cathedral) is magnificent, reminding me of the Basilica of St Foy at Conques in S. France - very romanesque, but with a Gothic window in the front facade and other gothic details. The assemblage of Green Men in the Chapter house is the finest in the world (no exaggeration!). It was closed for renovation on this visit, but we've seen them before - a romanesque temple in the centre of England - Wonderful!
Written October 7, 2020
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A wonderful review - thank you for taking the time to write it and so glad that you enjoyed your visit and that you've seen the Green Men in the Chapter House before - we can't wait for it to reopen!
Written October 8, 2020
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jeanann1485
Newark-on-Trent, UK258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I visited to renew my acquaintance with the Minster after many years absence. A lovely warm welcome from the stewards on duty which set the scene for a wonderful visit. This is one of my favourite cathedrals and the Norman architecture and the medieval carvings are breathtaking. It is a must see gem. Lovely cafe selling delicious food and an excellent shop which sells unusual and tasteful gifts.
Written February 2, 2020
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Thank you - the medieval carvings in the Chapter House are truly exquisite and leave so many people speechless with the intricacy of the craftmanship. Glad you enjoyed your visit, hopefully see you again soon
Written August 24, 2020
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aberdeenjohn
Tring, UK503 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a Cathedral - with the official Bishop's chair. Some very beautiful features, the Chapter House has probably the most magnificent carvings in any Cathedral/church in UK. Some very beautiful modern windows. Very friendly and helpful guides and staff. The Refectory serves some very high class dishes (Pheasant when we were there!) as well as normal snacks, baked potatoes etc. A spiritual, warm place. Lovely gardens too!
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Written February 10, 2020
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Thank you - we agree with you on the Chapter House carvings - the detailing is extraordinary, especially considering these were done in the 13th century with very basic tools compared to those used today. Hopefully see you again soon
Written August 24, 2020
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Paul B
Thirsk, UK947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is an amazing place to visit! We found it to be very accessible which was important with my partner, Liz, being blind. There were models of the Leaves of Southwell (to be found at the entrance to and inside the Chapter House) so Liz got an idea of what these were all about. Unusually, there were many descriptions of things in braille dotted about (as well as a guide in braille) which Liz was delighted to be able to read. These were also welcomed by me because they cut down the amount of reading I had to do for her! There was also a tactile model of the minster so Liz could get an idea of the shape of the building. As this model could be taken apart to reveal a tactile floor plan of the minster, this was again a source of valuable information. One of the guides, Kevin, was also extremely helpful. The evensong service got underway while we were there and it was lovely to hear such an accomplished choir from the back of the minster. Kevin had actually advised us this was the best place to hear them from because of the acoustics in the minister. We both thought that our visit was a good and enjoyable experience. We didn't see all that we wanted to see in our time there so we will definitely be going back.
Written July 28, 2022
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Dorothy H
Darlington, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
What a beautiful church. Included when we visited was an art installation of metal fallen leaves which represented people lost to covid. The minister itself has many marvellous attributes including statues, stained glass windows and another art installation depicting the stations of the cross.
Written June 23, 2021
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Thank you
Written September 23, 2021
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Jean F
Great Bookham, UK249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
On holiday in the area, we attended a service of Choral Evensong at 3.30 on a Sunday afternoon. Absolutely beautiful service, with music to lift our hearts and minds, the organ was wonderful and the singing excellent. Regular members of the congregation were friendly and helpful, just wish we lived nearer and could attend more often. On a Sunday there was free parking just across the road in a small car park. The Minster itself is beautiful and in a lovely setting, well worth a visit.
Written September 12, 2022
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Owenthomas
Berthoud, CO966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
But it is one of the most beautiful. The first church on the site was started by Paulinus in 627 ad. There are parts of the old Saxon church found in the Minster. The Chapter House has many stone carvings of foliage, and also has a number of carvings of green men found throughout. It is the tallest Chapter House we have seen. Next to the Minster is the ancient ruins of the Archbishops Palace.
Written November 19, 2021
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Michael Ward-Fitches
Southwell, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I am a member of the Volunteer un-ordained Laity, and I can definitely say that I am proud to call Southwell Minster the home of my soul, I fully encourage anyone living in or visiting Southwell, to visit this truly magnificent building.

The Minster does not seek to convert people who don’t want to be converted, as Anglican’s we believe that people will come and join our ever growing Family, the Minster Community if they want to, and we stretch out our welcome to all who pass through the doors, may they be of a different religion or none.

So if are looking for the perfect place to pilgrimage to, let it be Southwell Minster.

Plus Entry in FREE

So as a proud member of the Minster Community I say, what are you waiting for?

Visit Southwell Minster and enjoy.

Also we have a carving that look’s just like Donald Trump, don’t believe?

Why not visit and see for yourself?
just look for the Stewards in their blue gowns and they will show you.

So if I had to choose out of all the different churches I’ve taken a pilgrimage to I would have to say that Southwell Minster is at Number 10 in my books.
Written November 28, 2022
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Mike B
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This is an extraordinary site , not well known but amazing.
The chapter house has some of the best interior stone sculpture I have ever seen. It’s Norman so old and interesting . Wonderful Romanesque arches.
Lovely gardens for strolling and sitting in.
The civic house next to the cathedral is also extraordinary with wonderful portraits of Charles 1 and Wolseley.
The cafe is good for lunch or coffee.
Written July 11, 2022
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