Christmas Tower Tours
Saturday 24th November 11.30am 1pm 2.30pm
Saturday 1st December 11.30am 1pm 2.30pm
Wednesday 5th December 11am 12.30pm
Wednesday 12th December 11am 12.30pm
Escorted by a Cathedral Guide you will be led up the great Norman Tower, which is the only English 11th century central Cathedral tower still in its original form. The climb will lead to the North Transept gallery, which provides stunning views of the interior of the Cathedral and a close-up view of the outstanding Rose Window.
Continuing upwards you enter the Crossing, which is around 100 ft (30 m) above floor level, before entering the roof space above the lovely Presbytery Ceiling.
Then back into the Tower to climb up to the Bell Ringing Chamber, where bell ringing will be explained (on some tours it may be possible to see a ringing demonstration), before continuing up to the Belfry to see our 21 bells and the Victorian Carillon.
The final few steps will take you on to the Roof of the Tower (140 ft/ 42 m above ground level) to enjoy extensive views in all directions, weather permitting. En route you will learn about some of the history and structure of this remarkable building.
- The tour lasts approximately one hour.
- The cost of the tour is £9.50 per person (Minimum age 11. Restrictions apply - see below for details).
- Tickets available from the Box Office located in the Cathedral Shop, by phone 01727 890 290, or online.
- Bookings are accepted, subject to availability, on a first come first served basis. The limit is 12 persons for each tour.
- For further information call 01727 890200.
Please note the following restrictions:
There are 193 steps, mostly in a steep and narrow mediaeval staircase. Visitors taking this tour need to be fit enough to manage such a climb. Anyone who suffers from vertigo or claustrophobia should not attempt it. The Cathedral reserves the right to refuse visitors admittance to the Tower and Roof Spaces. Visitors bags can be monitored by one of the Cathedral volunteers as these will be difficult to take on the tour.
Children aged 11 to 18 may take the tour if accompanied by an adult. No children under 11 are allowed.
Booking a place on a Tower Tour means that you have read and accepted the restrictions and conditions above.