Public Areas

The Cathedral is a medieval building open to the public; it is not always possible to provide the facilities we would like. Health and Safety policies are in place and regularly reviewed. Risk Assessments are also carried out and it is deemed that visiting Manchester Cathedral is a very low-risk activity.  Free assistance is available at all times through our staff and volunteers on arrival and throughout the visit. The Cathedral is a non-smoking area.

A hearing loop has been installed in the Nave and Quire for use during Services (not used for guided tours). Hearing aid users should adjust their hearing aid to T. Assistance guide dogs are welcome and can be provided with water on request. Please speak to a volunteer welcomer or guide.

Level access into the Nave is through the South Door, which has double doors, each of which is 0.96m wide. Entrance to the Quire is via a purpose-built ramp, which is fully compliant. There is a temporary ramp for entrance into the Jesus Chapel. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to the Regiment Chapel and Chapter House. There is also level access to the Cathedral Visitors’ Centre, which is a short distance from the South Porch of the Cathedral. There is full disabled access to all areas of the Cathedral Visitors’ Centre, including the use of a passenger lift.

Please inform us if a member of your party has special access requirements – staff and volunteers are always happy to assist. The Cathedral has steps within the building and some may be old or uneven. Where possible, but not everywhere, steps have white markings or handrails provided. There are no benches around the site exterior but there is seating available inside the Cathedral when there are no services taking place. No braille or tactile markings are available at present.