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Welcome to Southwell Minster

For more than 1000 years Southwell Minster has been opening its doors to welcome visitors, pilgrims and worshippers. We have placed hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ as being at the heart of what we want to offer the 100,000, or so, people, who come in a typical year. As well as being a beautiful and fascinating historic building, Southwell Minster is a community of clergy, other workers and many worshippers, contributing to the public life and private lives of the town and the whole diocese.

There is no charge for entry but donations are gratefully received - suggested donation £5 - your donation will help us keep this historic building open for generations to come and support the important work we do.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome inside the Minster, its grounds and gardens.

Southwell Minster 140th Anniversary logo140th Anniversary Exhibition

Now until November 2024

This year we celebrate the 140th anniversary of Southwell Minster becoming a cathedral! To celebrate we are hosting a special 10-month exhibition, where we explore over 1,000 years of history in 140 objects.

Screenshot of the Cathedral 140 gallery page for June

Events and Activities

The Longest Yarn installationThe Longest Yarn

9-27 September 2024

The D-Day 80th anniversary commemorated by The Longest Yarn exhibition. An 80m 3D depiction of the world’s largest amphibious invasion, in wool art.

Please note the dates of 9-27 September 2024 are still to be confirmed whilst we await final haulage details from France. Find out more >>

Forthcoming Guided Tours

All tours need to be pre-booked.

Buy Online at the Cathedral Shop

Enjoy exploring our collection of cathedral and religious gifts. All the profits made from your purchase help us to maintain Southwell Minster for future generations. Thank you for your support. Visit the Shop Front or dive in and choose a selection below.


Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 6.30pm
Sunday 8am – 4.30pm


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding, please contact:
In the Minster
Penny Turner, Cathedral Safeguarding Officer: 01636 817992
Vicky Thorpe, Safeguarding Co-ordinator: 01636 817200
In the Diocese
All safeguarding concerns should be directed to the Diocesan Safeguarding team on 01636 817200
during working hours. For non-urgent advice and queries, including DBS advice, please email the safeguarding team at



Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours

Children and Families

Children and Families

Worship Online

Worship Online