Formerly known as the Cathedral of St. Mary, St. Denys, and St. George, the Manchester Cathedral has centuries of history behind it. Though the structure that stands today traces its earliest origins to the 15th century, churches have been hosted on-site for far longer: one highlight of the cathedral is the Angel Stone, which dates to the year 700. Other must-sees within the cathedral include its carved misericords and its modern stained-glass windows.
The Manchester Cathedral can be glimpsed during numerous tours of the city, including walking tours and hop-on hop-off bus itineraries. It’s also simple to plan an independent visit.
Things to know before you go
- Admission to the cathedral is free for all visitors.
- The Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre includes additional information about the landmark and displays the remnants of the medieval Hanging Bridge.
- The Explorer Trail offers an engaging way for children to discover the cathedral.
- There is a £1 charge if you wish to take personal photos at the cathedral, whether via camera or smartphone.
- There is level entry to the Manchester Cathedral, and wheelchair users should be able to access the building without difficulty.
- Free 30-minute guided tours are held throughout the week and more extensive guided tours are also available upon advance request.
- Manchester Cathedral has a cafe that's open daily, and serves afternoon tea and other nibbles; bookings can be made in advance.
How to get there
Manchester Cathedral is located just steps from Manchester Victoria station, which is served by mainline trains. It can also be reached by the Manchester Metrolink: take the Pink Line to Exchange Square or the Yellow, Green, and Navy Lines to Shudehill. Alternatively, travel on foot, by car, or by bike.
When to get there
Manchester Cathedral is open daily but opening hours vary throughout the week and may change during school holidays and when events are being held. If visiting during a service, please keep noise and conversations to a minimum.
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