Manchester Cathedral

 
Michael D. Beckwith

The Manchester Cathedral has weathered nearly 600 years of history to stand prominently as a historical monument and place for community.

When tragedy struck Manchester in the summer of 2017, the city responded with a mural emphasizing the love and connections between people of all backgrounds. This mural was painted on one of the walls of the Cathedral, broadcasting a message of peace. Unlike others you might encounter on your travels, this church feels like a place people actually visit for worship, making it more than just a beautiful testament to the past. Especially intricate are the details on the center quire, which has looked basically the same since 1509. With only a £1 photo permit paid to a sometimes hard-to-find individual welcoming you into the cathedral, the structure is yours to explore and wander as you remember the city’s resilience.

Best things to see at Manchester Cathedral

The Cathedral’s doors are open 7 days a week and admission is free. Feel free to take yourself on a tour looking through the history, but make sure to pick up a guidebook for £1 as you enter the Visitor Centre. Or head on a guided tour with one of the Cathedral’s volunteers as they take you through the 600 years of history. Marvel in the vaulted ceilings and intricate stained glass that are cornerstones of the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture. As you enter the main chamber, note the shiny piping of the Stoller Organ that was completed in 2017. Think that’s intricate? Check out the misericord woodcarvings on the quire stalls that depict scenes from hundreds of years ago. The Cathedral also frequently hosts events from classical music concerts with a coffee to jazz nights with wine.

Manchester Cathedral directions and parking

Best way to get to the Manchester Cathedral

The nearest metro stations are Manchester Victoria, serviced by the Green, Navy, Pink, Yellow tram lines, and Exchange Square, serviced by the Pink tram line. There are also quite a few bus stops nearby, including the Victoria Station stop, serviced by buses  2 Free, 10, 59, and 100. If you’re driving in from South Manchester, you’ll want to take a left onto Deansagate St. From North or East Manchester, you’ll want to hop on M62 until you see signs for Manchester City Centre.

 

Best parking near the Manchester Cathedral

While there’s no parking on site, you can park at Q-Park Deansgate North, on 2 Chapel Street. We recommend booking ahead online for a discount.

Manchester Cathedral FAQs

Is Manchester Cathedral accessible?

While the facility has a wheelchair accessible information center and restrooms, accessibility is limited on the cathedral grounds themselves. Specifically, the Regiment Chapel and Chapter House are not wheelchair accessible. For more information, click here.

 

Is the Cathedral fun for kids?

Yup! The Cathedral staff prepare activities for 7-11 year olds from 10AM-1PM and 2-4PM.

 

Are there still services at the Cathedral?

Yes and you can attend them. If you would like a schedule, check here.