The Church of England has urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All Church of England churches are to close with immediate effect, including for private prayer.
Leicester Cathedral is closed for the foreseeable future, including services, events and tours.
We are aware this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We will update the Cathedral website on the Covid-19 FAQs page and issue new guidance as soon as we are able, and share through the Cathedral’s social media accounts as well. Do keep checking back.
Leicester Cathedral delivers two types of pre-booked guided tours, usually for groups of 10 or more:
- £5 per head full tour (one-hour duration, three weeks’ notice required)
- £3 per head Richard III focused tour (30 minute duration with introduction to Tomb, Pall and Book of Hours)
All groups of 10 or more need to pre-book a guided tour.
Groups can pre-book a Guided tour of the Cathedral by contacting the Cathedral Office (Tel: 0116 261 5373, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are intending to visit the King Richard III Visitor Centre as well, in a group of 10 or more, you can book an all in one ticket including a visit to the Cathedral directly with them – ring 0300 300 0900 or visit their website: www.kriii.com.
Tours are usually between 10.00am – 12.45pm and 1.45 pm – 5.00pm, Monday to Saturday.
Daily Scheduled Tours
In addition, we offer daily scheduled tours which do not need to be pre-booked. These are suitable for individuals or small groups of less than 10 people.
Our popular Richard III tours run Monday to Saturday at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Tours are about 30 minutes in duration and cost £3.50. Full cathedral tours may also be available on request. These tours cost £5 and last approximately one hour. Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted free to both tours whilst a Short Guide to Leicester Cathedral is given as part of the tour package.
Both tours are subject to availability as access to the Cathedral is restricted during a special service or event. For confirmation you should ring the Cathedral Office on 0116 261 5373.
We ask that all tour groups and visitors remember that the Cathedral is primarily a place of prayer and worship.