12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX
Gloucester Cathedral, located just a short walk from the city centre, originated in 678 and was built close to the River Severn. The cathedrals tower was completed in 1460, and stands 225 feet tall, with 269 steps to get to the top. The cathedral is a mix of Norman and Gothic in its architecture.
The cathedral attracts a lot of visitors, and welcomes over 400,000 people each year from all over the world. People come to visit the incredible architecture, and also the ancient relics kept in the cathedral and library. The oldest item in the library is a fragment of an Anglo-Saxon manuscript. This is dated from c1000.
During World War II, one of the stunning windows was taken apart to protect it from damage, and stored in the crypt. The Great East Window was labelled when taken apart so that it could be easily re-built, however it seems the labels were mixed up as they did not correlate.
A team spent 14 months putting the window back together, working from a small black and white photo as a reference!
Gloucestershire was the first diocese in the country to have a female Bishop. Bishop Rachel Treweek was consecrated in 2015. There are more than 500 volunteers who help staff run the cathedral helping with a range of activities including stewarding, assisting in the shop and running tours within the cathedral.
The cloisters were used during the filming of Harry Potter, and a number of TV series such as Doctor Who. When Harry Potter was filmed, electrical points were covered with fake stones which can see be seen in the cloisters today.
If you are planning a visit to the cathedral, there are lots of facilities including food and drink in the Monk’s Kitchen offering hot drinks, homemade cakes and afternoon tea.