How old is the Cathedral?
The original church of St Martin was built by the Normans approximately 900 years ago, and has undergone significant restoration and expansion over the centuries. St Martin’s Church was hallowed as Leicester Cathedral in 1927. A more detailed history can be found on the History of Leicester Cathedral page.
When is the Cathedral open?
Normal entry times to visit as a tourist or to see the tomb of King Richard III are:
Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Leicester Cathedral is generally open for prayer and worship from:
Monday – Saturday: 8.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday: 8.00am – 4.00pm
There are events, festivals and services (for e.g. funerals and recitals) which interrupt this pattern week by week. If in doubt, please telephone and check during normal office hours.
During our daily services of Morning Prayer (8.30am), Eucharist (1.00pm Tuesday – Friday) and Evensong/Evening Prayer (5.30pm), everyone is welcome to join us, but it is not possible to visit as a tourist or to see the tomb at these times.
Is there a charge for admittance?
Entry to Leicester Cathedral is free to individual visitors, though there is a suggested donation of £3.
Groups of over 10 need to book in advance and there is a charge for their visits.
Guided and unguided tours are available. To book a large group tour, visit our Bookings and Tours page.
When are your services?
A full list of our regular services is available on our Opening Times and Regular Services page.
How do we get to Leicester Cathedral and where can we park?
Parking for the weekend and evenings is available at the New Street car park, with long-stay facilities available at the NCP car park at St Nicholas Circle and at the Highcross Shopping Centre. For more information please see the Contact and Find Us page.
Is there accommodation nearby?
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When does the Choir sing?
During term time, the Cathedral Choirs sing Choral Evensong at 5.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as at the 10.30am Eucharist and 3.00pm Choral Evensong on Sundays.
Can we hold a wedding, funeral or baptism in the Cathedral?
See our Weddings page for more information.
We can possibly arrange to conduct a funeral service if the deceased or a family member have a link with the Cathedral. For all enquiries, please contact the Cathedral Office.
Baptism at the Cathedral can be arranged for babies, children and adults who live within the Cathedral parish boundaries (a small area of the city centre), who are regular attendees or members of the Cathedral Community, or who have a strong pastoral reason which will be considered by the Canon Chancellor. Further details can be found on our Baptism and Confirmation page.
What provisions are made for disabled visitors?
Wheelchair access is available at the South door and ramps are placed within the Cathedral building at strategic points. Disabled toilet facilities are available within the Cathedral, as do St Martins House and, when it is open, the Guildhall, both of which are next to the Cathedral.
What facilities does the Cathedral offer?
Refreshments can be purchased at The White Rose Café, located in St Martins House next door to the Cathedral, which is open Monday to Saturday, from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
A number of Leicester Cathedral products are on sale in the Cathedral during opening hours.
Toilets are available in St Martins House, just 50 yards from the Cathedral.
How can I donate to the Cathedral?
There are a number of ways you can donate to Leicester Cathedral, either online, through regular giving, or by joining the Friends of Leicester Cathedral or the Guild of St Martin. Further details can be found on our How to Donate page.