General Information

The Cathedral is open to visitors every day from 8.30 6.00 p.m. throughout the year. Entry is free but we suggest a donation of £3.00 per adult and 50p per child. Visitors are welcome to look around the Cathedral on their own. A free introductory leaflet is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Polish. Visitors are most welcome to attend any of the daily services.


Seek & Ye Shall Find: A leaflet which leads visitors on a spiritual journey through the Cathedral. Available only in PDF format by clicking on the link.

A full colour children's leaflet is available. Young visitors can now find out about the story of St Edmund, told in cartoon-strip style, as well as searching for animals and mystery objects in the windows and statues of the Cathedral. There is a space for children to design their own stained glass window and complete a word search. Pick up a copy as you enter the building.

American Connections: Suffolk is the home county of Bartholomew Gosnold, who captained the Godspeed, one of the three ships which made the journey in 1606/07 to the New World. St Edmundsbury Cathedral was pleased to be involved in the celebrations in 2007 to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia.

Regular Guided Tours run from May to September at 11 am daily (except Sundays). Occasionally a tour may have to be cancelled if another event is taking place in the Cathedral. If you are travelling some distance, please do ring the Cathedral office to check. These tours last approx 1 hour and cost £3 per person (under 16s free). Tickets available from the Tourist Information Point next to the Cathedral Shop.

There are some dates where we are unable to run the public tour as normal, due to other events, these are:


Thursday 22 June 

Wednesday 5 July 

Friday 15 July 

Tuesday 26 September 

Friday 29 September 


1 July

15 July 

23 September 

30 September 


These are not suitable for groups, who should pre-book a tour with the Visitor Services Coordinator on 01284 748730 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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NB the final daily tour of 2016 will be on Friday 30 September at 11 am. 

The Lady Chapel is set aside for quiet prayer, lighting a candle or leaving a prayer request.

The Cathedral's kneelers can be seen with thousands of others that are local, original and unique on (insert 'Suffolk' into the search)


01284 748720

Other useful links

Association of English Cathedrals
Bury St Edmunds Tourism Group

Eastern Cathedrals
Cathedrals Plus
The Angel
Theatre Royal
Visit Suffolk
St Edmundsbury Borough Council