Tower tours have now recommenced and on-line booking is available. 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.
Access will not be permitted to:
· Children under the age of 10 (children aged 10-17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)
· Adults aged 80+ (sorry, this is a stipulation by our Insurers).
· Anyone perceived to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
· Those who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia or are nervous of heights, steep spiral staircases, narrow passageways and high galleries.
· 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.
· Those wearing inappropriate clothing/footwear including but not limited to high heels, skirts, long dresses and flip-flops.
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 maybe slippery.
· Suitable footwear must be worn (high heels are forbidden).
· 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.
The Chapter of St Edmundsbury Cathedral can accept no responsibility for accident, loss or injury to persons or property during tours and visits.