The ‘hidden gem’ of English cathedrals, tucked away in a delightful market town in Nottinghamshire.

Southwell Minster is a working building open 365 days per year. We welcome many thousands of visitors annually, including pilgrims, tourists, families and school groups from across the country and overseas. We hope that your visit to our website will inspire you to visit and explore the Minster, its history and treasures in person.

Opening Times

Southwell Minster is open every day of the year, from 8.00am to 7.00pm in summertime (March-October DST); and in wintertime until 6.30pm/dusk from 28th October when the clocks are altered. From Wednesday 26th December to Tuesday 1st January the Minster will close at the earlier time of 5.00pm.

Please check the closure notices before your visit.

Entry to Southwell Minster is free but we rely on the generosity of visitors’ donations and ask visitors to consider making a £5 donation per adult if they are able.

Useful Information for your Visit


On entering the Minster you will be welcomed by one of our Stewards (wearing blue gowns and badges) who will explain the range of facilities and provide information and answer any questions.  There is also a Welcome Desk as well as Vergers who are able to deal with any queries.

The duty Chaplain, or Canon in Residence, is available to offer spiritual guidance and advice.

Audio Guide

We have a digitally-recorded audio guide, guide books and information leaflets in different languages available just inside the main doors. Please ask at the information desk for a foreign language leaflet about the Minster (currently available in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Czech, Polish and Japanese).

Refectory and Shop

The Minster Refectory (01636 815691) and the Cathedral Shop (01636 812933) are diagonally opposite and to the left as you leave by the main north doors.  Find out more about the Refectory and Shop.

Minster Centre

Heading up Church Street, just past our shop, is the Minster Centre where a film on the life of the Minster can be seen (prior booking advisable; 01636 812649).  The Minster Centre also houses the Minster Office (01636 812649); The Bond Gallery of antiquarian prints of the Minster from 1672 to 1884; the Tourist Information Centre (open Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm, Saturday 10am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 2.00pm; 01636 819038).


With the exception of the Chapter House, Historic Library and Pilgrims’ Chapel, the building is wheelchair friendly.  Please note that there are three steps down into the Chapter House.  We have a wheelchair available and there are large-print guides, braille guides and a loop hearing system.  The north and south doors can be opened electronically, by low-level touch pads.

There is a self-operating lift in the Archbishop’s Palace enabling visitor to access the Great Hall. If you require any assistance in using the lift please ask a member of the team.

Whilst we make every effort to ensure all our visitor are able to get the most from their visit the nature of this Grade 1 listed building means that not all spaces are accessible to everyone and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Toilets are located in the Archbishop’s Palace and in the foyer area between the Cathedral Shop and Refectory (where there is a disabled-access cubicle and baby-changing facility).


Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.

We welcome well behaved dogs on leads in the Minster, its grounds and education garden. Dogs are not allowed in the children’s play areas and refectory.

Many of our visitors are children so it is important that you pick up after your dog and place bagged waste in the bins provided. Thank you for your help in keeping the Minster a pleasant and safe environment for all who visit.

We look forward to welcoming you, either for worship or as a visitor. Please advise us if there is anything further we can do to make your visit more enjoyable.

For further information please contact The Minster Office: Mrs Nikki Smith Telephone: 01636 812649 Email:

Take a Pre-Booked Tour of the Minster

Tours either led by trained Guides or unguided can be booked for any period of the day subject to services and other events taking place in the Minster. Special interest tours can be arranged and groups of any size can be accommodated. There are also guided visits to the adjoining Archbishops’ Palace State Chamber and Gardens.

Options include:

  • An unguided tour of the Minster. Cost £3.00 per person
  • Visit to the Archbishops’ Palace, State Chamber and Gardens. Free
  • Guided tour of Interior of Minster (1 hour 15 minutes) with or without an additional introductory video (30 minutes). Cost £6.00 per person
  • Guided visit to State Chamber and Gardens (45 minutes). Cost £3.50 per person
  • Combined Guided Tour of Minster and State Chamber. Cost £8.50 per person (We suggest that the combined tour is done with a break of at least 15 minutes in between). Visitors often arrange with the Refectory for the break to involve refreshments or lunch; this would be at an additional cost.

Visitors are very welcome to attend Evensong (times vary). View the Services calendar.

External tours of the Minster lasting one hour can be available at special request.

For further information and to book a guided tour please contact The Minster Office: Mrs Nikki Smith Telephone: 01636 812649 Email:

View from the Bell Tower

Find out more about

Visit the Leaves of Southwell

Visit the Leaves of Southwell

Refectory and Shop

Refectory and Shop

Archbishop’s Palace

Archbishop’s Palace

Key Things to See

Key Things to See

Education Garden

State Chamber / Great Hall