Opening and Standard Service Times

Wednesday 2 December 2020
With the introduction of the COVID tier system in England, Leicester Cathedral can now remain open for both private prayer and public worship. Please see below for more details.

COVID Opening Times

The Cathedral is open to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays: from 11.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday-Saturday and from 12.00pm-3.00pm on Sundays.

Our doors are open with a space for you to pause, to reflect, to wonder, to pray, to hope.

Date

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11.00am-3.00pm
Lunchtime Eucharist: 1.00pm
Thursday 11.00am-3.00pm
Friday 11.00am-3.00pm
Lunchtime Eucharist: 1.00pm
Saturday 11.00am-3.00pm
Sunday Sunday Eucharist: 10.30am
12.00pm-3.00pm

You will need to wear a face mask or covering for the duration of your visit to the Cathedral. Please arrive in good time to ensure and abide by social distancing measures.


Public Worship

Sunday 10.30am Eucharist

Our socially distanced Eucharist service will take place on Sundays at 10.30am. This is a simple Eucharist with organ music but no singing. Places will be limited and worshippers will need to book a place for this service.

While a small number of places will be available on the day, capacity is limited for this and we strongly advise worshippers to book a place to be sure of entry.

The Verger Duty phone will be taking bookings from 3.00–5.00pm on the Friday before the service only. The number to ring is 07947 896 464.

Wednesday and Friday 1.00pm Eucharist

A smaller scale weekday Eucharist will also take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1.00pm.
No booking is required, but upon arrival you will be invited to give details for the NHS Track and Trace system.

You will need to wear a face mask or covering for the duration of your visit to the Cathedral. Please arrive in good time to ensure and abide by social distancing measures.


Online Worship

We continue to offer our Sunday online YouTube services, along with other recorded services that will be made available to watch on the Cathedral website and our YouTube channel. Click here to watch.

We will also hope to be live streaming daily prayer both for morning and evening prayer. Keep an eye on our social media for updates.


Original Opening Times

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 is full access to the tomb of King Richard III between 10.30am and 4.30pm outside of lunchtime services. During the periods 9.00am to 10.30am and 4.30pm to 5.00pm the Cathedral is still open to general visitors and those looking to pray, but viewing of the tomb is restricted.

There are events, festivals and services (e.g. funerals and recitals) which interrupt this pattern week by week. If you have any questions, please contact the Cathedral Office via 0116 261 5357.

If in doubt, please check the list of forthcoming Cathedral closures.

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.

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.

Confessions by appointment with the clergy.

Regular Services

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
8.00am
Holy Communion
10.30am
Cathedral Eucharist
3.00pm
Choral Evensong *​
8.30am
Eucharist for the Diocese of Leicester
5.30pm
Choral Evensong (girls’ voices) *
 8.30am
Morning Prayer
1.00pm
Eucharist: A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing
3.00pm
Cancer Care Prayer Group
5.30pm
Choral Evensong (boys’ voices) *
8.30am
Morning Prayer
1.00pm
Eucharist for Peace and Justice
5.30pm
Evening Prayer
8.30am
Morning Prayer
1.00pm
Eucharist for the Unity of Church
5.30pm
Choral Evensong (boys’ or girls’ voices with Songmen) *
8.30am
Morning Prayer
1.00pm
Eucharist: Watching and Waiting
5.30pm
Evening Prayer
8.30am
Morning Prayer
5.30pm
Evening Prayer

* Evening Prayer is said when the Choir is unavailable.

All are welcome.