Plan Your Visit

Manchester Cathedral aims to provide a first-class experience to all visitors and worshippers alike and is continuously looking to improve accessibility and facilities for all. Below is some information you may find useful ahead of your visit to us.

Plan Your Visit

We are open for general visiting as follows:

Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

These times may vary during special events. During the set up for services and events, access may be limited to the east end only.

Visiting the Cathedral is free. There is a suggested donation of £5 to help support the running costs of the Cathedral. Contactless donations are accepted.

There are free guided tours generally available for individuals and families from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm (subject to volunteer availability).  For larger groups wishing to book a chargeable tour please contact us by email.

We have a wonderful team of volunteers on hand to answer any queries and to help you make the most of your visit. If you would rather wander around at your leisure, we have a comprehensive guide leaflet that helps ensure that you do not miss any of the highlights.


Whilst we do try to ensure everyone can enjoy all that Manchester Cathedral has to offer, we are a Grade One listed Medieval building and acknowledge that it is not always possible to provide all of the facilities that we would like.


We hope our accessibility guide will answer any questions that you may have and help to make your visit more enjoyable.


Manchester Cathedral host a wide range of concerts and events. While the set up of each individual event is in the hands of those who have hired our spaces, often event organisers will provide designated areas for visitors with additional needs to enjoy their events safely.

Please email our office in good time stating which event you will be attending and your access needs, and they can pass your details on to the relevant external organiser.


The Cathedral has a hearing-loop for those attending our regular services and events in person. Please set your hearing aid to setting T.

Large print versions of our service sheets and visitor welcome leaflet are available. Please ask a welcomer or guide for more information when you visit Manchester Cathedral.


We are planning to install public toilets inside the Cathedral, but at present we do not have visitor toilets inside Manchester Cathedral.

Toilets, accessible by lift, are available under the Cathedral Kitchen Café during opening hours.

The nearest other public toilets, including accessible toilets, are available in Marks and Spencer and The Arndale shopping centre. Both are roughly a 5-minute walk away.


Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any unanswered questions ahead of your visit.

0161 833 2220


Schools & Groups

We are currently revamping our resources for schools. If you'd like more information in the meantime or to book a school visit, please call our office on 0161 833 2220 or email


If you’re visiting with a larger group or you’d like to guarantee a dedicated guide will be available for your visit, you can book in advance for a small fee.
How much does they cost?
Private guided tours are charged at £6 per adult (£4 concessions).
We allocated one guide for every ten visitors.
When are private guided tours available?
Monday - Friday between 10:30am - 3pm.
Weekend tours may be available subject to availability.
How long do they last?
Tours last approximately one hour.
How do I book?
I f you’d like to enquire about booking a private guided tour, email with your preferred date and the size of your party.
Please note, we require at least one week’s notice to confirm guide availability.
I don’t want to pay - can I still tour the Cathedral?
Manchester Cathedral is open to visitors from 9.30am - 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 - 4pm Sunday.
Our guides offer free tours for individuals from Monday to Saturday between 10am - 4pm.
As our guides are volunteers we cannot always guarantee their availability or if they will be busy when you arrive.
If you are a larger party or want to guarantee a tour, the best way to do this is pre-book in advance following the instructions above.