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Individual prayer and quiet reflection


With heavy hearts we have taken the difficult decision to close the cathedral building to visitors and members of the congregations. The rate of Covid-19 infection in Surrey is alarmingly high. We have been told by our Government and by Public Health England that we should all stay home except for essential journeys. We believe that in remaining open to visitors and members of the congregation we may, inadvertently, be communicating an ‘invitation’ to leave home. The Cathedral clergy, musicians and virgers will be in the building working in Covid-secure ways within strict risk assessments. Morning Prayer and Holy Communion take place Tuesday to Friday and are broadcast via Facebook or YouTube. Links are available through the Diary entries. At 9.45am on Sundays we will broadcast our Cathedral Eucharist. You can download an Order of Service and join us from your sofa or armchair. We hope to be able to broadcast Choral Evensong twice a week. Please check back for up to date information.

We are all disappointed that we have had to take this decision, and with the support of Chapter, we believe that this is the right thing to do in the current circumstances.

We all look forward to the time when we can be together in person.


Supporting your Cathedral

As we begin this journey of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, we need your help more than ever. Closing our doors to visitors has meant a significant loss of income, and with no regular Government or Church of England Funding we need your financial support. This will help us support the community as well as preserve and protect this historic, sacred building for future generations.

We have contactless donation points available when you come into the Cathedral, or our cash donation boxes. Alternatively you can donate on-line here. Your support is appreciated.

Keeping you up to date

Guildford Cathedral’s management team is regularly reviewing the situation and is abiding by the guidelines from the UK government, the Church of England and Public Health England. Updates will be posted here. 

This page was reviewed on 12 January 2021