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Sheffield Cathedral, and its coffee and gift shop, has re-opened to the public and has some very special free events lined up.

Sheffield Cathedral is a beacon of light for so many people in the city and the site which it occupies has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years. 


After taking the unprecedented step of having to close during lockdown, in line with government guidelines, it finally re-opened to the public in July. Daily services have resumed and at present the Cathedral is open 11am-2pm. In October this will be extended to 10am-4pm. From November the Cathedral is hoping to be able to welcome visitors, 9am-5pm.

But there’s so much more to Sheffield Cathedral. The 1554 Coffee & Gift Shop supports the working life of the Cathedral and has proved a big draw for visitors over the years. It also offers a calm environment away from the hubbub of a busy city for both shoppers and office workers.

At the time of writing, finishing touches were being put in place to enable the re-opening of the popular award-winning coffee shop, which will be operating with limited opening times (Thursdays and Fridays at first), a reduced menu and table service. Their Heavenly Coffee range will still be available meaning you can once again enjoy a brew and a slice of one of their many homemade cakes.

“The coffee shop had become a busy hub in the heart of the city; a coffee shop built by the Cathedral and for the Cathedral,” said Ruth Maher, Enterprise Business Manager. “We have a lot to learn and adapt to, so please bear with us as we try to find our new normal.”

The gift shop re-opened in August and is sited at the entrance to the Cathedral. It stocks everything from cards to candles, bags, confectionary, gift wrap, souvenirs, books, Christian resources and a fantastic range of Sheffield made products including Henderson’s Relish and Printed By us. More recently it has been selling coffee and Our Cow Molly ice cream to take away.

To sit alongside the increased opening hours, Sheffield Cathedral will be hosting a number of events in the run-up to Christmas, the first of which will be ‘The Leaves of the Trees’. This will run from 3-29 October and is a new touring art installation designed to give people the opportunity to reflect on the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on them and their communities.



‘The Leaves of the Trees’ is made up of 5,000 steel leaves, each featuring the word ‘HOPE’. These will be laid out on the floor of the Cathedral, creating an impression of fallen autumn leaves. It was created by sculptor, Peter Walker, who said the leaves were symbolic of the times we were living in: “Steel has been chosen as the material to remind us of our resilience and collective strength. As the artwork tours the country the steel will age, rust and change colour, just as the leaves of trees do when they fall each year.

“In nature fallen leaves are essential to prepare the planet for spring and new growth and it is hoped that the simplicity and beauty of this installation will give people the chance to pause and contemplate their own experience, and also reflect on the wider situation we find ourselves in.”

‘The Leaves of the Trees’ will be followed by ‘The Foundry’ 23 October-21 November and ‘In The Beginning’, running 1-6 December. Once again, the exterior of the Cathedral will be illuminated by a spectacular light show. This will be FREE for the whole city to enjoy, being a gift from the Cathedral to the people of Sheffield at the end of a difficult and challenging year for everyone.

Whether you attend for prayer, reflection or a good cup of coffee, visitors are always welcome at Sheffield Cathedral.

Please visit the website for the latest information about opening hours and guidance for visitors.

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