Closures and Restrictions

Closures and Restrictions

In this time of national lockdown, the Cathedral remains open for individual prayer, lighting of candles and quiet reflection. From Wednesday 6 January 2021 until further notice, the opening hours are: 10am – 4pm from Monday to Saturday, and 9.45am – 3pm on Sunday. 

Please note: access will be restricted to the nave between Wednesday 6th and Friday 15th January.


Unless stated otherwise in the Cathedral calendar, communal worship in the Cathedral will be limited to:

  • Choral Evensong – 5.15pm, Saturday (sung by the Vicars Choral)
  • Cathedral Eucharist – 10.30am, Sunday (sung by the Vicars Choral)
  • Said Evening Prayer – 3pm, Sunday



When the Cathedral is open, some areas may occasionally need to close or only offer restricted access for a service, special event, filming or general maintenance.

We try to minimise these periods as much as we can, as we know that people may travel long distances to visit us.  Please remember to check this page for any last minute changes prior to your visit as some events may have to be arranged at short notice. However Wells Cathedral is a working church and the dates and information mentioned on this page may not be exhaustive so please check the What’s On page for services and events before planning your trip or call reception on 01749 674483.

The location of the service will be closed to visitors for the duration of that service but you are more than welcome to sit in the congregation. Please note that  and setting up prior to the event so the Cathedral will be a busy but happy place to visit!

If the Cathedral is open and a service is taking place, all are welcome to sit as part of the congregation. For the majority of the large services and concerts there will be rehearsals which you may sit and enjoy. You may experience virgers moving equipment into place and although disruption is kept to a minimum, it is hoped you will understand the need to be ready!


Restricted Access

Wednesday 6th – Friday 15th January:

Access to the Cathedral will be limited to the Nave due to filming taking place in other areas of the building.


Notification of Road Closure – St Andrews Street and Vicars Close: There will be a road closure notice in force on St. Andrews Street and Vicars Close between 10th and 13th January 2021 for filming purposes which will mean that entry will be for access only. The Diocese has agreed, kindly, that we may use the Old Deanery car park for congregational parking on Sunday 10th January and so please do tell the security person at the entry to St. Andrews Street that you are seeking access only and then park in the Old Deanery car park. Cars should be moved straight after the service has finished to avoid capacity issues and the potential for being ‘locked in’.


While  the Cathedral is now open to all visitors, some areas remain closed owing to social distancing limitations. These include:

Chapter House (and Chapter House steps)
The Quire
St Martin and St Callixtus Chapels
High Parts



The Cathedral Café, Shop and Donations Desk will be closed until further notice.


Listen to our Music

The Cathedral will be open for individual prayer and reflection during the lockdown. All services will be available online only until further notice.