Gloucester Cathedral stands in the north of the city, near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by Henry VIII). Whatever the reason for your visit, you will be warmly welcomed to Gloucester Cathedral. Whether you are coming to discover nearly 1000 years of history or to worship in this beautiful building, we hope that your experience is enjoyable and special. A spectacular and historic building, Gloucester Cathedral is an extraordinary setting for major services, concerts and art installations, yet also a place for private prayer and reflection. The Cathedral is visited by thousands of visitors each year. Many come as tourists or to worship, while others attend some of the many events taking place here.