Welcome to Manchester Cathedral

Rogers Govender
Dean of Manchester

Thank you for visiting our website and I hope you will soon be able to visit Manchester Cathedral set in the vibrant city centre of Manchester, surrounded by shops and offices where thousands of people meet for business, work, shopping and leisure. In the midst of this great city we also have many urban challenges including poverty and homelessness. Our calling is to be a Christian community celebrating our diversity, supporting those in need and creating hope in the love of God in Jesus Christ. We serve a large, diverse urban diocese and county with ten towns which includes the two cities of Manchester and Salford. 

Our vision is to grow and build a community that makes a difference in our society and the wider world through the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We seek to live out our faith in God in practical ways and to be an inclusive Cathedral as we see the grace of God at work around us. I am also pleased to say that we make great music through our choirs and musicians and you can experience this at our regular services during the week and on Sundays.

This website will provide helpful information if you are seeking to explore the Christian faith, attend a service of worship or planning a visit. If we can be of further assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact us.

God bless you!

We are now open to visitors from 9.30am to 4.00pm daily. For your personal safety, the Dean and Chapter strongly encourage you to continue to wear face masks and use the hand sanitisers provided when visiting the Cathedral. 

Today's Services

Saturday 22 Jan 2022

09:00 Morning Prayer & Holy Communion (Fraser Chapel)
16:30 Evening Prayer (Quire)

Clergy announcements

Date online: 19 December 2021

At today’s Sung Eucharist for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Dean of Manchester announced that Canon David Holgate would be retiring in May 2022 and that the Reverend Steven Hilton, Cathedral ...

Canon Wray's Sock Day Appeal

Date online: 6 December 2021

A blue sock collection box in front of a stained glass window

The Canon Wray Sock Appeal is back and you can drop off new pairs of socks right up until the official anniversary of this historic legacy on the 21 January. Manchester Cathedral can find a good home ...

Manchester Cathedral 600 Poetry Competition Winners

Date online: 30 November 2021

Manchester Cathedral is pleased to announce the ten winning poems in our 600th Anniversary poetry competition. Our warmest congratulations to the winning poets who each receive a prize of £100.

Independent safeguarding audit

Date online: 5 November 2021

Independent safeguarding audit

The Church of England has commissioned an independent audit of all Church of England cathedrals, reviewing their arrangements for keeping people safe from harm and abuse. In today’s modern world ...

Eucharist for Pride 2021

Date online: 26 July 2021

Eucharist for Pride 2021

Please join us for this special Open Table event - Eucharist for Pride.Speaker: The Right Revd Mark Davies- Bishop of Middleton All are loved and all are welcome. Sunday 29 August 2021 at 6.00 pm. ...

Her Majesty’s visit to Manchester Cathedral

Date online: 8 July 2021

Her Majesty’s visit to Manchester Cathedral

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last visited Manchester Cathedral for the Maundy Service in 2007. She was accompanied by her husband Prince Philip. Today, Her Majesty visited Manchester Cathedral to ...

Jazz by Candlelight presents- Candlelight Ballet: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake & More

Date: Friday, 28 January 2022

Jazz by Candlelight presents- Candlelight Ballet: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake & More

Tentative Programme Lehar – Merry Widow medley Waltz of the Flowers Tchaikovsky swan lake intro 1st dance – Waltz Borodin String Quartet 1st Movt Waltz from serenade for strings 2nd ...

Be a Chorister for a Day

Date: Saturday, 29 January 2022

Be a Chorister for a Day

Explore the Cathedral, try on chorister robes and sing at a service. This is a free event. All music will be provided. Each child attending needs a responsible adult to be present throughout ...

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta-Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight

Date: Saturday, 29 January 2022

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta-Vivaldi Four Seasons by Candlelight

On Saturday, January 29th 2022, in the heart of Manchester, join us for a romantic, candlelit evening in the stunning Manchester Cathedral, with an intimate concert featuring the brilliant musicians ...

Chetham’s School of Music Lunchtime Piano Recital Series - 2022

Date: Monday, 31 January 2022

Following on from their successful 'MFAW' lunchtime concerts, we see the Introduction from Chetham’s School of Music for a new Lunchtime Piano Recital series 2022, showcasing and ...

Julian Prayer Group

Date: Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Julian Prayer Group

A Julian Meeting is usually 6-15 people of various denominations, both lay people and clergy, who meet regularly in a house, church, or chapel.  There is a short meditation on a theme ...

Olivier Messiaen - La Nativité du Seigneur

Date: Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Olivier Messiaen - La Nativité du Seigneur

On Wednesday 2 February, Organist & Master of the Choristers Christopher Stokes will perform Messiaen's monumental organ cycle for Christmas, La Nativité du Seigneur.   ...

Craft and Flea Fair

Date: Saturday, 5 February 2022

Craft and Flea Fair

Craft & Flea will be returning to Manchester Cathedral again this February 2022. What is Craft & Flea? Filling the Cathedral inside and out, it's the best of the city's local ...

Jazz by Candlelight presents- A Tribute to Cold Play

Date: Monday, 7 February 2022

Jazz by Candlelight presents- A Tribute to Cold Play

Description Join us for a magical night of candlelit music paying tribute to one of the most successful and popular bands of all time: Coldplay. Since their formation in 1996, this British rock group ...

Chetham’s School of Music Lunchtime Concert

Date: Thursday, 10 February 2022

Chetham’s ‘Music for a While’ series profiles individual students from the School of Music as they perform with staff accompanists. Donations are welcome at the end of the concert to support ...