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Portsmouth Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Portsmouth, which covers south-east Hampshire, Portsea Island and the Isle of Wight. It is the base of the Bishop of Portsmouth, and the focal point for many diocese-wide services and events. It hosts many of the most important diocesan events, confirmation services, ordinations of new ministers and diocesan-wide celebrations. It’s especially popular at Christmas and Easter, when multiple services have to take place to fit everyone in. Acts of worship in a variety of different styles happen here every day of the year.
It is also a centre of Worship and Mission. Worship and prayer, formal and informal, are offered to God here every day of the year. Congregations range from over 1000 to under 10 and the worship takes many different forms. We warmly welcome everyone, no matter what their previous religious experience. We seek to worship God and to share his love with all those who come here.
It is, further, the Parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, serving all those who live in its geographical parish rather like any other parish church.
For centuries the Cathedral has watched, listened and helped the people of Portsmouth navigate the passage of time. It has witnessed wars and peace, famous marriages, been bombed and rebuilt. Now there stands a building of greatness and of simple enduring beauty.
Cathedral Opening Hours
Monday-Saturday 9.30am-end of Evensong, Sunday from 7.45am
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Wheelchair users must pre-book visit.
- 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 - Under construction at time of audit
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge) - On street parking. Parking meters.
- In town/city centre
- No Smoking Attraction