Manchester Cathedral

About Us

Its official name is the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester. It was founded in 1421 by Charter and Royal Licence from King Henry V.

The Church became a cathedral in 1847 with the formation of the Diocese of Manchester and holds the keys to the only ancient scheduled monument in Manchester, Hanging Bridge.  The Cathedral has undergone various changes over the past decades.  and is presently in huge demand for special services, concerts, dinners, conferences and history tours.  It is a very busy place with huge demands on staff and volunteers.


This building is open 365 days a year and this Grade 1 listed building is open and accessible to people of all faiths and none.

The Cathedral celebrates its 600th anniversary in 2021

Volunteering at Manchester Cathedral

Alongside the services each day you may be surprised to learn what an incredibly busy cathedral this is. There is a hugely exciting and varied programme of events, civic ceremonies, classical, pop and lunchtime concerts, science and history festivals, drama, school and university visits and much, much more.

If you would like to be part of the fantastic team of 100 volunteers and have 3 hours to spare each week then we would love to hear from you.

We have a variety of volunteering roles including welcoming visitors, guiding people around the Cathedral, stewarding at services, flower arranging, and general maintenance. This building is open 365 days a year and we strive to keep this Grade 1 listed building open and accessible to people of all faiths and none.


  • “I love meeting people and finding out where they are from.”



    Judith • Manchester Cathedral Volunteer
  • “The Cathedral gives me a  great opportunity to share my love of history”


    John • Manchester Cathedral Volunteer
  • “The team are great to work with.”

    Barry • Manchester Cathedral Volunteer

Reading Nature’s Library opportunities

We’re partnered with some of the most prestigious cultural venues in Manchester.

  • Manchester Cathedral Welcomer

      As a Cathedral welcomer you are the first person to meet and greet our visitors to Manchester. We are proud of the warm welcome our visitors receive, whether they Read more…