St. Thomas' Anglican Cathedral from the outside

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Take a voyage of discovery at Portsmouth Cathedral, and uncover over 800 years of history.

Step back through the history of our city and explore the light and bright surroundings of Portsmouth Cathedral. This Romanesque style church, dedicated to Thomas Becket, dates back to 1182 and there are stories of the past hidden around each corner.

Set at the historic heart of the city, Portsmouth Cathedral has been a part of its story for over 800 years. Uncover its deep connections with the Royal Navy and the seafaring community, see remnants of Lord Nelson’s flag from HMS Victory, or visit the grave of the unknown crew member of the Mary Rose.

Explore the story of so many who have sailed on the oceans, as well as those who lived and worked around the city from its humble beginnings in 1182. Take in illuminated works of art in the stained-glass windows illustrating stories of the past, from the martyred Thomas Becket to D-Day.

Open daily to all

All are welcome to uncover the simple and enduring beauty of this cathedral church in the heart of Old Portsmouth.

Join for one of the daily tours or explore by yourself using your phone and the cathedral's digital experiences.

Daily services are open to all, welcoming those looking to pray, reflect or light a candle.

Digital experiences

Voyage further into Portsmouth Cathedral's history with interactive digital experiences including audio guided tours using your phone.

See how the face of the cathedral has changed over the years with interactive maps, and uncover more of its life with behind the scenes videos and photos.

Guided tours

Take a deeper dive into the past with a daily guided tour. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will help you navigate the building and its history, giving you further insight into its fascinating history.

Cathedral Shop

Take home your own memory of the cathedral with its unique selection of gifts and jewellery in the 'Cathedral Collection', available exclusively at Portsmouth Cathedral. Find a selection of locally sourced products, books and cards, as well as music from the choir.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Tactile model
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - On street parking accessible. only a few yards from the cathedral.
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Establishment Features

  • Dogs welcome - Except during selected services and events. Service dogs are always welcome.

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - On street parking. Parking meters.

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction

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Map & Directions

Portsmouth Cathedral, St. Thomas'

Type:Cathedral / Minister

High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2HH
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Tel+44 023 9282 3300

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Open year-round (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday09:00 - 18:30
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:30

* Also open for services and events.
The Portsmouth Cathedral Shop is open 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 12pm to 3pm on Sundays.

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