Cathedral re-opens to visitors...
Staff and volunteers at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, are looking forward to welcoming visitors once again from 17 May. The Cathedral will be open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and from 12.30 to 3.00 pm on Sundays. There is no charge to visit the Cathedral, which relies on donations. Since March it has been possible to visit the Cathedral for personal prayer and reflection but now visitors can explore the building and learn about its history from volunteer Welcome Stewards. The Cathedral Shop and its restaurant, Pilgrims’ Kitchen, are open daily. There will even be the chance to donate a brick to the LEGO model of the Cathedral.
In keeping with the Visit England ‘Good to Go’ industry mark, measures remain in place to keep people safe, including a one way system, limited seating, hand sanitisers at appropriate points and signage to remind people of the health and safety around social distancing.
“Ensuring that everyone can visit safely remains a primary concern,” comments Sarah Friswell, Visitor Experience Manager. “We hope that visitors, particularly local people, will take the chance to enjoy the richness of our heritage in Bury St Edmunds. There is much to discover.”
In the coming weeks, as the restrictions lift further, a programme of special guided tours and Tower tours will be announced. Throughout the pandemic the Cathedral has offered daily livestreamed services via the Cathedral’s Facebook page (details here https://stedscathedral.org/worship) and other digital resources such as music reflections, a virtual prayer wall and virtual pilgrimages (details https://stedscathedral.org/worship/online-resource).