Photo: Roger May

Gloucester Cathedral was founded as an abbey in 678, but was repurposed during the Reformation by Henry VIII’s “New Foundation” for the Church of England. Though the cathedral was originally built by Normans, there have been additions to the cathedral in nearly every type of Gothic architecture. As you walk through and admire the cathedral, see if you can distinguish the different styles! (Hint: the Norman style is mainly based in the centre of the cathedral.)

After surviving two world wars, Gloucester Cathedral is still in active daily use. Admire the extensive stained glasswork throughout the cathedral. Descend to the depths of the cathedral to discover Norman crypts, which have survived through the centuries with very few modifications. Gracing the top of the cathedral is a 15th century tower rising 225 feet into the air. Topped with four delicate pinnacles, it is a must-see for every visitor to Gloucester! See if you can find the whispering gallery housed within. Don’t forget to search out the tombs of King Edward II and Robert of Normandy. Head outside to delight at the recreated medieval herb garden and the central garden, in addition to the well-preserved lavatorium and Norman chapter house.

Harry Potter fans will enjoy exploring the cloisters which featured as a filming location for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd films. Many will recognize the cathedral as the place where Lord Voldemort left the warning, “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir…beware.” The corridors of Gloucester Cathedral were also the scene of the hall that leads to the Gryffindor Common Room and the Fat Lady’s portrait.


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