Exeter Cathedral ceiling detailing

Our cathedrals

"England has no finer treasure than its cathedrals" Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester

Each cathedral serves its community as the mother church of its area and the seat of a bishop. They are physical and cultural landmarks, often the most magnificent, complex and ancient buildings in their local area. They make a great contribution to the country's spiritual life, historic environment and social and economic activity.

Most importantly, cathedrals remain in use for their original purpose. Through their presence, worship and varied work, they reach out to their local and wider communities in many ways.

Our cathedrals attract some 10 million visitors a year

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Cathedral choir lining up in cloisters
Filled pews at Worcester cathedral service

Thirty-nine of our forty-two cathedrals are grade I listed by Historic England

Durham Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are World Heritage Sites

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View of Manchester Cathedral ceiling May Fong Li

Cathedrals Working Group

The Cathedrals Working Group's draft report is now available to download and you can take part in the open consultation.

Ely Cathedral looking at the painted ceiling of the west tower Timothy Selvage

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Source URL: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/cathedrals

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