Cathedral Guide for Portsmouth Cathedral

Our Cathedral Guides receive many visitors through our doors each day. The main tasks are -

- Welcoming people to the Cathedral 

- Offering and assisting in guided tours of the Cathedral 

- Interpreting the building to visitors, in an engaging way, tailoring tours to the audience as relevant. 

- Responding to any questions visitors may have about aspects of the Cathedral and its work including directing them to Cathedral staff or publications, as appropriate. 

- Helping to make the Cathedral accessible to those with disabilities. 

- Advising visitors of any events to observe during visits. 

Benefits for you: This is an amazing opportunity to learn about the history and the Cathedral and how it has helped Portsmouth and share our rich stories with so many others. We believe one of the biggest benefits of coming to volunteer here at Portsmouth Cathedral is the warm, welcoming, and supportive community that you would be a part of when volunteering here with us!  


- Well presented, with a friendly and approachable personality; possess a sense of humour and can-do attitude. 

- Enthusiasm for, and willingness to, promote the Cathedral and its events and engage with people so that they experience a high standard of customer service. 

- Patience and tact are required in interactions with the public. 

- To be confident and enjoy meeting new people from all over the world.

- Ability to communicate effectively with other members of the team and visitors. 

- Happy to work as part of a team and under the supervision of the Head Guide. 

- A thirst for knowledge and a desire to share their passion on the history of Portsmouth

- Happy to work on their feet and in a wide range of temperatures. 

- Whilst being a practising Christian is not a requirement, volunteers should be sympathy with the ethos and aims of the Cathedral as a Christian organisation.


  • Limited Physical Access
    Yes - we are happy for all to enquire about the role, and it will be decided on as a case-by-case basis.
  • Not suitable for under 18's
  • Will require references
    In line with Safer Recruitment we will require two references.

When can I volunteer?

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

2 x 2-hour sessions per month plus one Saturday and one Sunday session per year.  Ideally, we would like volunteers to give a minimum of 3 months commitment however, the longer you commit to this role the more you will benefit. 


Portsmouth Cathedral
High St
Old Portsmouth

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