Opening and Standard Service Times

Leicester Cathedral is open for private prayer to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays: 11.00am-3.00pm on Wed-Sat, and from 12.00pm-3.00pm on Sundays. More general sight seeing and tourist visiting is not restarted at this time.

This page will be updated further once more details are known and our emerging worship pattern becomes clear.

COVID Opening Times

We were very pleased to re-open the Cathedral on Saturday 1 August at 11.00am with the Bishop and Dean of Leicester leading prayers and lighting the Easter Candle, symbolically carrying in the Light of Christ to the building.

The Cathedral is open for private prayer to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays: 11.00am-3.00pm Wed-Sat | 12.00noon-3.00pm Sunday. More general sight seeing and tourist visiting is not restarted at this time.

Our socially distanced Eucharist services will take place on Sundays at 10.30am. These are 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.

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.

We will seek to reintroduce services in a gradual way as we build up experience in how to do this well with risks managed.

We are working towards the live-streaming of our Eucharist services as well, so that those who cannot physically visit the building may still join with us.

We will also continue to offer our Sunday online YouTube service, which we will develop in light of the feedback from our online Worship Survey.

Please note this information to subject to change and will be updated regularly.

Times for the week


Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11.00am-3.00pm
Thursday 11.00am-3.00pm
Friday 11.00am-3.00pm
Saturday 11.00am-3.00pm
Sunday Sunday Eucharist (booking required): 10.30am
Private Prayer: 12.00pm-3.00pm

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

Holy Communion
Cathedral Eucharist
Choral Evensong *​
Eucharist for the Diocese of Leicester
Choral Evensong (girls’ voices) *
Morning Prayer
Eucharist: A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing
Cancer Care Prayer Group
Choral Evensong (boys’ voices) *
Morning Prayer
Eucharist for Peace and Justice
Evening Prayer
Morning Prayer
Eucharist for the Unity of Church
Choral Evensong (boys’ or girls’ voices with Songmen) *
Morning Prayer
Eucharist: Watching and Waiting
Evening Prayer
Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer

* Evening Prayer is said when the Choir is unavailable.

All are welcome.