Flowers have been used through the centuries to decorate and enhance the beauty of this ancient building.

Flower designers and arrangers from throughout the area will come together for this event to create a breathtaking feast of colour and design. The array of magnificent displays will reflect both the splendour of the great nave and soaring transepts, while also retaining the simplicity of the medieval crypt.

A kaleidoscope of colour will meet visitors from the first moment that they enter the cathedral through the great west doors until they leave through the historic black and white gateway of the Bishop’s Palace, believed to be the country’s oldest continually-inhabited home.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Download a leaflet about the Festival of Flowers 2017

If you would like any more information, please email the festival.

What’s on during the festival

Opening hours
Festival of Flowers 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
(recommended last entry 4.45 pm)

Choral Evensong 5.30 pm (lasts approximately 40 minutes)

Adults £7.50
Group Rates £6.50
Children 13–18 and full time students £5
Children 12 and under, who must be accompanied, free

Disabled access
Much of the cathedral is accessible by wheelchair but access to some areas may be restricted.

Group visits
Organised parties are asked to book their arrival time to ensure entry can be phased and that all can have an enjoyable visit. Group rates are available for pre-booked parties of 20 or more.

Choral services on Sunday 10 September
The Cathedral Eucharist 10 am
Choral Matins 11.30 am
Choral Evensong 3.30 pm

The cathedral will be open on Sunday 10 September, free of charge, around these services from 9 am to 5 pm; donations will be invited.

Please note that the cathedral will be closed to general visitors during the festival and that the cathedral choir is in residence and singing at all the above services.