Closures and Restrictions

Closures and Restrictions

From time to time, areas of the Cathedral may be closed for services, special events, filming, or maintenance. We try to minimise these periods as much as we can, especially when the Cathedral is open during the daytime.


Please check this page for any last minute changes prior to your visit as some events may be arranged at short notice.

Upcoming Closures

Friday 19 April, 1.00 p.m.–4.00 p.m., Nave
A rehearsal for ‘The Spectacular Music of Harry Potter’ Concert will be taking place in the Nave this afternoon. We apologise for any disruption to your visit.

Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 April, All day, Nave
Peter Walker’s Peace Doves will be being installed on these days, and there will be limited access to parts of the Nave. Visitors are asked to please avoid taking and sharing any photos of the set-up process. We apologise for any disruption to your visit.

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, 9.00 am–4.00 p.m., Nave
Set-up and Rehearsal for the ‘Music of Abba by Candlelight’ Concert will be taking place in the Nave throughout the day. We apologise for any disruption to your visit.


Regular Closures


The East End of the Cathedral will close at 4.00 p.m. in preparation for Choral Evensong which takes place in the Quire at 5.15 p.m. Occasionally, there will be a service of Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel in place of Choral Evensong, and the East End may be open for slightly longer. Visitors are welcome to attend these services.


The Lady Chapel and parts of the East End will be closed from 9.45 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. for the Midweek Eucharist service which all are welcome to attend.


Visiting hours begin at 11.45 a.m, following the Sunday morning services, until 3.00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend Sunday Services in the Cathedral.


Wells Cathedral is a working church and the information detailed above may not be exhaustive. Please check the What’s On page for services and events before planning your trip or call the Cathedral offices on 01749 674 483.

All are welcome to take a seat in the congregation for services at the Cathedral. In most cases, large choral services and events will be preceded by a rehearsal in situ, and visitors are welcome to sit and enjoy these. We simply ask that noise is kept to a minimum for the duration of the rehearsal, notwithstanding any disruption from the movement of staging/equipment.

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