Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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  • Wayne G
    Troy, Michigan23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Building; Excellent Tours
    Well-organized reception and tour arrangements; on-site restaurant was very convenient, a real time-saver, and the food was quite good. 1000 year history. Enjoyed seeing the Harry Potter hallways/cloisters.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 27, 2023
  • LizGentry_1
    London, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best part of our trip to Gloucester
    Absolutely stunning. We visited today as a family with two adults and a six year old. The cathedral is beautiful and obviously very well looked after! We found the information available very interesting and really enjoyed the cakes and drinks at the cafe. If you’re in the area this is a must see!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Francie R
    Merseyside, United Kingdom107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do!
    The cathedral is huge with lots of things to see despite being under building works (hence the four star as the loud bang noises ruined a bit the atmosphere), altough the best part is outside, which is famous for starring in Harry Potter. It really gives the sense of history and time passing by and could not believe it is all free when other cities charge exorbitant prices just to walk in. A must do if you are visiting Gloucester and I also suggest to just sit down for a bit and enjoy the amotsphere if you can
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jane C
    Crowborough, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning cloisters, huge windows
    Such a beautiful Cathedral, with probably the most stunning and complete cloisters in the country. These latter surround four sides of a rather nice garden, and have such fabulous fan vaulted ceilings and old stained glass. The main body of the Cathedral also has huge stained glass windows, impressive round columns and many surprises, such as a little chapel tucked away to the back and side dedicated to John the Baptist and set aside for prayers for peace and justice. Lovely garden outside too, with stones explaining how certain kings had links to the Cathedral.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Pard18
    Gloucester, United Kingdom160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely visit to Gloucester Cathedral. Just popped in, well worth the donation I made ( no mandatory charge). ❤️
    An amazing Cathedral that plays such an historic part in the history of the United Kingdom. It has so much to offer in respect to Harry Potter! I personally love to part that the Gloucester Regiment plays …. I think the cathedral should acknowledge those that fell when retreating from France.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Dulcie C
    Cyprus8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Beautiful cathedral. Given a warm welcome. Was lucky enough to hear the choirs practicing for the music festival in the evening. Just wandered about. Walking around were displays by groups working in the community. I even tried the dressing up box and became a queen for a few minutes!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Kathryn S
    Sheffield, United Kingdom503 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    This was a free (donations welcome) cathedral to visit. The architecture was stunning and there was a lot of history - a king is buried here and also the king we never had! There were some stunning stained glass windows and a huge organ,
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Desislava Andreeva
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harry Potter film locations
    Ok, I won’t lie, I went to the cathedral 100% because of the Harry Potter film locations. The cathedral itself is stunning, I would suggest to walk around outside first and admire the beautiful architecture and then go inside! There is a £5 donation if you want to pay, I preferred to do so! I hope that would help the restoration of this wonderful church! Once you go inside, where the lavatories is located, just in the corner there is an interactive screen where you can see where the locations are. I would suggest to prepare yourself before exploring the cathedral as the corridors look almost identical. As a true HP fan you will find the magic in every corner, the corridors beauty is endless. After taking the most precious photos, I just sit there and observing everything around. It is 100% worth the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Walking Wombles
    Central Coast, Australia160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly good!
    Not a cathedral buff normally but really enjoyed visiting Gloucester Cathedral - it is stunning. We did the Tower tour at GBP10 pp, which was excellent. It took about an hour and the commentary about the history of the tower and the bells was really interesting. Highly recommended
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • bridgnorthgirl
    Shropshire, United Kingdom61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning cathedral and Hogwarts vibes
    It’s been a few years since I visited Gloucester cathedral and had forgotten just how beautiful it is. I visited with my daughter today; we are both pretty big Harry Potter fans but I am also a big ‘fan’ of churches and cathedrals generally. This is definitely one of the better ones to visit. Lots to look at, plenty of chapels within the main building as is usual for a cathedral. But the work, the architecture the work that went into this building is just stunning. You’re able to walk up to a gallery where you can look down upon the main area, gives a wonderful view. If you are a Harry Potter fan - several of the films had parts filmed here - it’s just lovely. Definitely made you feel you were walking through Hogwarts! We also had a cup of tea and cake on the cafe on site which was great. All in all a great visit, and would recommend highly.
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are thrilled to hear you and your daughter enjoyed your visit, in particular exploring the Cloisters where parts of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. With lots of exciting events and activities over the coming months, we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon. Visit https://gloucestercathedral.org.uk/whats-on to find out what's on! Best wishes, The Gloucester Cathedral Team
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    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 6, 2023
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Pippa S
Wye Valley of Monmouthshire, UK41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I am a long-time visitor to Gloucester Cathedral since I was a small child. It has always been a special place for me.

On visiting today for the first time in a year, I was shocked to enter via a narrow roped-off walkway to a 'welcome desk' where I was asked for my voluntary £5 donation! Throughout the Cathedral, we were constantly passing signs and donation boxes asking for money and people who wanted to help us enjoy our 'visitor experience'. We did feel that if they had spent less money on 'visitor information hubs' every few feet, or if they sold some of the enormous quantity of silverware on display in the treasury, they might not need to be so pushy in their demands for donations! I have always given what I could when visiting in the past, but have never before been made to feel I have no right to be there unless I part with a set amount of money.

That is the reason I found it very hard to pick a rating for this review. If you are looking for a reasonably priced tourist attraction, full of beautiful things and centuries of history, then it probably deserves 5 stars - £5 is a reasonable amount to pay for this kind of 'visitor attraction'.

If you are wanting to enter a place of worship, or simply find a quiet place to sit peacefully and think, then it only gets 1 star. We were made to feel so uncomfortable by the continual bombardment that we left quickly and won't be returning.
Written February 28, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We suggest a £5 donation upon entry to the Cathedral, but there is no obligation for visitors to donate, it is entirely voluntary. We ask for donations because it costs over £6,000 each day keep the building open. We don't receive any government or regular central church funding so rely on the generosity of our visitors. Donations help us to fund: - Our onsite Stone Masons and the conservation of the building - Our Education and Outreach programme - Our world class choral music - Our Breakfast Club and work with those experiencing homeless in Gloucester The information hubs you mention were part of Project Pilgrim, a programme of capital development, regeneration and community engagement. These improvements were generously funded by bodies including the National Heritage Lottery Fund and the money received was ring fenced specifically for funding ways to involve people in bringing the Cathedral’s history and religious purpose to life so everyone benefits. The vast majority of the items in the treasury don’t belong to the Cathedral - we look after them for parishes in and around Gloucestershire. At special times of year, such as advent and easter, the parishes take the items back to use them in services. I’m sorry to hear your felt uncomfortable during your visit - that is never our intention. There are volunteers throughout the Cathedral to help visitors enjoy their experience - they can tell you more about the building, or help you find your way around. I hope the above has given you an insight into the life of the Cathedral. If you would like to discuss any of this further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Frances
Written April 7, 2020
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424stevem
Nailsea, UK235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A must do if visiting Gloucester. There is no fixed admission charge but a voluntary adult £5 contribution is suggested.
Quite honestly there is far too much history to mention but we found this to be extremely interesting and when we revisit we will be returning to learn more of this magnificent cathedral. Recommended.
Written January 31, 2020
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Dear Steve, I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit so much. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind regards, Frances
Written February 7, 2020
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Jonathan W
Cheltenham, UK4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We are regular visitors here and often donate on entry and spend more money whilst in the building but the somewhat aggressive demands for a donation on entry are now sadly meaning that we will stay away in future. I see a lot of responses saying that this is voluntary but they need to tell the staff that. This morning a lady stopped taking to her customers to run over and stop us just walking in without being presented with a card machine. I can appreciate that it costs money to run and keep open but if you embarrass regular visitors just because they do not donate to you every single time that they visit then they will just stop visiting.
Written July 30, 2021
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Dear Jon, Thank you for your email and taking time to share your thoughts with us. I was sorry to hear about the negative experience that you had at the Cathedral on Friday. The team who have been employed to ask visitors for a donation have undergone extensive training in how to encourage giving whilst still being welcoming. I'm sorry to hear that this was not your experience. I will certainly feed this back to the team and we will include your comments in the ongoing training that we are giving to staff. As a regular visitor, we would be very pleased to register you for a free 'Your Cathedral' card which when shown will allow you to enter the Cathedral quickly, without having to be asked for a donation. Next time you come to the Cathedral, please do ask one of the team at the Welcome Desk and they will be happy to provide you with one. I’m grateful for the support that you have given to the Cathedral in the past through donations and spending money whilst you’re here. I hope that you will have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral again soon and that you will find the welcome a warm one. Kind regards, Lorna Giles
Written August 19, 2021
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Helen G
Birmingham, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful! Paid a small donation £5 each to enter, it’s well worth it.
When entering the corridors, recognised it and realised we’d stepped in Hogwarts. This made the visit even more exciting, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan.
The stain glass window are stunning, the craftsmanship is second to none. The architecture is outstanding and it’s all so very peaceful!
Written January 5, 2020
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drewedmin999
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
The purpose of our visit was to visit the entrance to the Gryffindor common room and to see various other Harry Potter areas of the cathedral and we weren’t disappointed

On entering this huge and very impressive building you have to queue up and speak to people on the desk. The ‘voluntary’ donation doesn’t feel very voluntary at this point but I was happy to pay the £5 each which was ‘suggested’

We picked up a fantastic little Harry Potter guide and also booked a tour of the crypts for no extra charge

Although I’m agnostic, the building is hugely impressive and we had a fantastic hour here as we got what we came for and much more

It almost feels like religion is usurped by history and culture and you don’t often feel like you are in a place of worship

The crypt your was fantastic and it felt a privilege to go underneath and explore the building with lots of interesting stories and facts

The toilets were clean and plentiful. the cafe looked nice, the little shop was more than adequate, and all staff/volunteers were friendly

Overall a really nice atmosphere and well worth the fiver
Written March 16, 2022
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lyninchelt
Cheltenham, UK92 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was really looking forward to this new exhibition at the Cathedral called "Where there is light" an art installation with voices of refugees. It was totally spoilt by the noise of people viewing the installation. Of course the children want to run around in and out of the lights and enjoy themselves and that is the way it should be, but if you think you will be able to sit and think and hear the voices of the refugees you will be disappointed. I tried to sit in a few places to hear the taped recordings but found this was difficult. It would be a good idea if time was set aside (just for a short time (10 mins) every hour) for a quiet time. The whole idea would then come together beautifully. Don't miss the knitted nativity - so much work has gone into it.
Written January 18, 2020
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GAlsager
Alsager, UK656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We initially paid a quick visit and walked around the outside and it looked better than I expected with a protected area around the cathedral whch creates a tranquil area to appreciate the cathedral.

We decided to take a quick look inside and then decided to take a proper look around - you aren't charged to visit but asked for a donation, which we were very happy to pay. It's a fascinating place to visit with lots to see - Edward II is buried here, amongst a number of other famous people. The windows are outstanding and there's some sections used in the Harry Potter films. It's mostly very accessible with displays and helpful staff/volunteers.

It really is a fantastic cathedral and I can't think of any better that I've visited.
Written February 26, 2020
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michelle n
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Stunning! I thoroughly recommend downloading the app using the free WiFi inside the cathedral using it as personal guide.
The architecture is amazing and truly awe inspiring. A must see if in the area. There is no charge but they recommend a donation of £5 per adult - you won't be sorry to donate this.
Written August 27, 2021
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Anusha80
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Exceptional experience. I would highly recommend a visit to immerse yourself in the historic arts and culture. very impressive structure. Also, do get the map of the various sights of harry potter scenes if you are a fan from the front desk staff. there are also various tours tours that can be booked at the front desk, do check and plan your timing ahead by looking up the website. Entry is by donation and the recommended amount is 5 pounds per adult. Highly recommended.
Written May 9, 2023
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essexbornandbred
Chelmsford, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Entry by donation , we aren’t religious but admire the architecture and features of this beautiful building . Stopped for a soft drink at the cathedral cafe within the cloisters which is also participating in the eat out to help out scheme. A couple of the guides had a good sense of humour which can sometimes be lacking in such places and was greatly appreciated! Easy parking nearby , and a nice outside space to rest a while before your next adventure.
Written August 21, 2020
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