Our public Tower Tours season of April to October has now finished. Booking for 2018 public Tower Tours will be available here from March 2018.
Numbers are strictly limited so to be sure of a place book online below. Tickets can also be purchased on the day (depending on availability), from our Tourist Information Point linked to the Cathedral Shop.
Once you have purchased tickets, the meeting place for the Tower Tours is on the south side by the vaulted ceiling.
Join our Tower Guides on an exciting journey where you will learn more about the origins of our Cathedral church and about its continuing development over the last century culminating in our most exciting project in recent years; the building of our 160ft Millennium tower which was finished only in 2005. The magnificent Vaulted Ceiling followed in 2010.
The brief for the build for was for a tower to be constructed with traditional methods and materials which would last for over one thousand years!
Visitors on the tour will be see rare views of the Cathedral itself and across the town and wider countryside. The tower represents modern technology and traditional craftsmanship co-existing side by side.
On this tour, there are various stopping points, looking out over the South Transept roof, the chance to look out of the Gallery onto the Quire and see our painted Nave roof up close. The tour also takes in the area above the vaulted ceiling before visiting the roof with its amazing views.
The tour lasts approximately 1hr15 minutes and you are welcome to take photos. It is an amazing experience but, due to the nature of the tower there are various conditions that apply.
Restrictions to Access
Access will not be permitted to:
- Any children under the age of 10 (children aged 10-17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)
- Adults aged 80+ (stipulated by our insurers)
- Anyone believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Those who are nervous of heights and suffer from vertigo and/or claustrophobia. The tour includes spiral staircases and narrow passageways.
- Those who are pregnant, suffer from heart disorders, or any medical condition or disability which might affect their own safety or the safety of others.
Health and Safety Issues
- Stairways are steep and narrow.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required to tackle the 202 steps to the top.
- The walkways may be slippery.
- No high heels, bare feet or flip flops. Any sandals must be securely fastened. No long skirts due to the trip hazard they present.
- All bags must be left at ground level, a secure locked location will be provided for bags during the tour.
- Decisions and instructions of the Cathedral Tower Guides are final and must be followed without question at all times.