Guildford Cathedral is open for individual prayer and quiet reflection

We’re looking forward to welcoming you as we begin phased re-opening of the Cathedral, with the first stage being able to open for individual prayer.

The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford said “I am delighted that we have been able to re-open the Cathedral for individual prayer. This is the first step in our re-opening and recovery and I hope that the COVID-secure safety measures we have put in place bring a real sense of reassurance, support and comfort to people. Please continue to show kindness and understanding to others and we step into this next phase together.”

Please do check the on-line diary for specific opening times as they may be subject to change

You will find details of the safety measures we have put in place to help you plan your visit and our team are happy to help if you have any questions

What’s Open

  • The Cathedral nave is open for individual prayer or reflection. All are welcome. Come in for prayer, to sit and reflect or to light a candle. If you want to talk to a member of clergy, just let one of the Virgers know and this can be arranged.
  • Seasons Café. The Café is open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 3pm offering a takeaway service, which will include selection of coffees and teas, a selection of sandwiches, wraps and salad boxes, crisps, fruit, homemade cakes, sweet treats, ice creams and cold drinks.
  • Our Home Worship resources are still available through our Home Worship page.
  • The Toilets. These are open when the Cathedral and Café are open. They are checked regularly by a member of staff.

What’s Closed

  • The Cathedral Office. If you have a query for a member of staff please email or telephone Emma Law, the Dean’s PA, on 01483 547 862.
  • The Cathedral Shop.
  • Other areas of the Cathedral except the nave. The Cathedral is not open for sight-seeing.

Safety of all

Our priority is ensuring everyone’s safety as we carefully begin our phased re-opening. This means that your visit to the Cathedral will be a bit different to normal. Here’s what you can expect.

  • We have reduced capacity inside the Cathedral to maintain social distancing. You may be asked to wait outside before coming in.
  • There is plenty of hand sanitiser available and you will be asked to use it on your way into the building and the café.
  • Both inside the Cathedral and the Visitor Centre there will be signs indicating which routes to follow with separate entrance and exit doors.
  • There is enhanced cleaning practices in place.
  • You will be asked to practice social distancing (2m).

Please follow the guidance and if you are concerned about anything, just ask. The measures in place may feel off at first, however you can be sure of a warm welcome.

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 30 June 2020.