The Architecture Day

Peterborough Cathedral
Saturday 19 June 2021 10:30 - 15:00

Architecture enthusiasts will love this! A day of exploring Peterborough Cathedral, inside, outside and upwards, in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

Spend the day exploring the intriguing architecture of Peterborough Cathedral by booking a place on our Architecture Walk and Upper Levels Tour combo.

The Architecture Walk

Join Cathedral guide, Sue Mashford on this guided ground level walk to explore the Cathedral’s unique and unusual architecture. Visitors will begin by seeing the site of the now demolished Lady Chapel and consider the sacred geometry of the iconic West Front, before stepping inside to marvel at the Cathedral’s famous Norman structure whilst discovering some later architectural styles. The walk will give visitors the opportunity to consider theories about the original purpose of some of the Cathedral’s features during this fun and fascinating insight into some of the Cathedral’s quirkiest bits!

Ceilings and stained glassThe Upper Levels and Tower Tour

This tour will take visitors to see closer views of the medieval glass, masonry and masons’ marks. With fantastic views of the Cathedral interior it’s a great opportunity to take pictures of the Cathedral from above before climbing up into the roof space, central tower and the tower top exterior. Visitors finish by exploring the bell tower which includes a stop to see our medieval windlass and concludes inside the West Front gables.

Follow these links if you would rather book a ground level Highlights Tour or Upper Level and Tower Tour separately.

Tickets and times

Tickets are £20 per person for The Architecture Day, including both tours. Before booking, please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions below. Timing is as follows:

10.30am until 12.00 noon - Architecture Walk OR Upper Levels Tour

12.00 noon until 1.30pm - Break
There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat nearby, including Sundays carvery in the Precincts, or you could bring your own lunch and picnic on the green.

1.30pm until 3.00pm – Architecture Walk OR Upper Levels Tour

The order in which you do the tours will be decided on the day. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.


Term and conditions

Due to the current COVID restrictions, each tour is restricted to a maximum of six guests who are required to:

  • Wear a face-covering during their visit, unless exempt from doing so for medical reasons, or when outside

  • Sanitise their hands on arrival and at other times if requested by the guide.

  • Scan the QR code or leave hand-written contact details for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

  • Observe social distancing of 2 metres between households throughout their visit.

Upper Levels and Tower Tour:

  • Given steep and narrow spiral staircases, plus the odd medieval beam to negotiate, visitors need to have a certain level of stamina, fitness and a forgiveness for ancient buildings.

  • As part of our insurance undertakings we ask each person going up the tower to read and view this important information about the tour. On arrival we will ask you to sign a short disclaimer to confirm that you have understood this. Without this we cannot take you up. 

  • Large rucksacks or bags are not allowed on tower tours. We will provide a storage location.

  • Two guides will lead the Upper Levels and Tower Tour (as session leaders they are in addition to the 'rule of six', in accordance with government guidelines).

  • The tour will go ahead whatever the weather but the tower top section may not be included during high winds, heavy rain or icy conditions.

The Cathedral reserves the right to cancel tours. In the unlikely event that this happens an alternative date will be offered.

Please note this general information for ticket purchasers.

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