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

Following the Government announcement on Monday 23 March, all Church of England cathedrals and churches are closed. While for the previous week the Minster had remained open for private prayer with the clergy maintaining the daily pattern of Morning and Evening prayer and Eucharist, this concession was suspended for an indefinite period in the escalating threat of the virus spreading and so the Minster is unfortunately closed until further notice.

 

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. As a consequence of the Coronavirus we are currently open for shorter hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm. The Education Garden will also remain open but the State Chamber in the Archbishop’s Palace will be closed.

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

Welcome and Guides

Upon entering the Minster, you will be welcomed by one of our Stewards (wearing blue gowns and badges) who can explain the range of facilities, provide information, and answer any questions. Our Vergers are also able to deal with queries you may have.

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

At the Welcome Desk by the entrance, you can pick up leaflets about the range of events, concerts and services going on and ask the Steward on duty any questions. We also sell guidebooks here and provide digitally-recorded audio guides and information leaflets in different languages (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.

Did you know the Cathedral Shop is now online? Click here to visit it!

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. Please ring 01636 812649 to book a viewing of this.

The Minster Centre also houses the Minster Office (01636 812649) and The Bond Gallery of antiquarian prints of the Minster from 1672 to 1884.

The Tourist Information Centre (01636 819038) can be found here too.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 10am - 4.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 2.00pm

Please note that the Minster Office will close at 1pm on Monday 23 December and will reopen on Thursday 2 January.

Access

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

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).

Dogs

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: nikki@southwellminster.org.uk

Take a Pre-Booked Tour of the Minster

Tours 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.

Options include:

  • A guided tour of the interior of the Minster, led by one of our trained guides, which costs £6.00 per person. It lasts 1 hour 15 minutes and there is an optional introductory video that lasts an extra 30 minutes. Please note, that for parties of four people or less, the charge is £10.00 per person.
  • Unguided tours of the Minster interior for £3.00 per person
  • External tours of the Minster, available at special request, lasting 1 hour
  • Guided visits to the adjoining Archbishops’ Palace State Chamber and Gardens, which last 45 minutes and cost £3.50 per person. You are also welcome to visit unguided for free
  • A combined Guided Tour of the Minster and State Chamber at the cost of £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 and this would be at an additional cost.

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

For further information and to book any of these tours, please contact The Minster Office: Mrs Nikki Smith Telephone: 01636 812649 Email: nikki@southwellminster.org.uk.

View from the Bell Tower

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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