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A place of Christian worship for the last 1,300 years, Gloucester Cathedral is perhaps the most recognisable architectural gem in the county.
Having completed Project Pilgrim, its ambitious 10-year regeneration project in April 2018, Gloucester Cathedral promises a warm welcome to all members of its community in a modern and versatile space, steeped in history.
Hosting a series of family friendly events such as festivals, plays and live music, through to more traditional worship, workshops and historic tours, Gloucester Cathedral is a hive of activity all year-round.
Energetic history buffs can take a trip to the top of the cathedral on one of its special tower tours. At 225 feet high, visitors are rewarded with stunning views across the historic Roman city of Gloucester after climbing to the top of the cathedral’s 269 steps.
There’s interactive fun to be had in the New Tribune Gallery following an extensive refurbishment. Giving younger visitors the chance to dress up as a character from the cathedral’s Great East Window, design their own gruesome gargoyle and view never-before-seen footage of the cathedral, from above.
The magnificent Lady Chapel with its vaulted roof, ornate stained glass and stunning stone arches, is truly a sight to behold. Used as a space for worship and contemplation, the Lady Chapel has also benefitted from restorative work, after it was identified as one of the cathedral’s most ‘at risk’ areas.
Film fans can also explore the cathedral’s medieval cloister. Originally built to house Benedictine monks, the cloisters have since been used as the backdrop to Hollywood blockbuster movies and award-winning period dramas.
As well as soaking up the cathedral’s history, visitors are encouraged to take part in the fully inclusive services held each day. Everyone is welcome, whether they are local to Gloucestershire or simply visiting for the day.
The cathedral also stresses that services are open to people from any faith, those who do not identify with a specific faith and practicing Christians, alike.
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