Family Visits

Families with children of any age are welcome at the Cathedral. There are plenty of 'hands on' things to see and do and a visit is a great day out during the holidays.

Monks, Mischief &Marauders activity book

Monks, Mischief & Marauders cover

Children can discover the Cathedral using the Monks, Mischief & Marauders activity book, created by children’s illustrator, Emma Metcalfe. These colourful guides are packed full of fun facts about characters from the Cathedral's past, plus puzzles and some terrible jokes! Monks, Mischief & Marauders is on sale at £2 per copy. You'll find it in the Cathedral Shop.

Tower Tours

The Cathedral Tower Top Climbs (45  minutes) or full Upper Level and Tower Tours (1.5 - 2 hours) are an adventure behind the scenes. The Tower Top Climb goes straight up the tower - all 194 steps - to see the view, and back down again. The Upper Level and Tower Tour explores the history of the behind the scenes spaces along the way, Both tours take in the view from one of the tallest towers in Peterborough. The tours happen on selected dates during the summer months and are open to ages 8+ (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Pre-booking is advised as there are limited places on each tour.

Tower Tour

More details are here: Tower Tour dates and booking

Outside spaces

The green in front of the Cathedral is a great place for a picnic, or for a quieter sunny spot without any cars nearby, take a look in the Cloisters. You can get to the Cloisters by going out of the door on the right halfway down the Cathedral nave, or by taking the pathway down the right side of the Cathedral.

Explorer Backpacks (not currently available)

Child using Explorer BackpackLittle ones can explore the Cathedral using free Explorer Backpacks. They’ll receive a magnifying glass for close-up viewing, a tape measure for sizing up columns, a pair of binoculars to examine the ceilings, a torch for peering into dark corners and an activity trail suggesting things to find. The pack comes with a little teddy bear called Benedict, plus coloured paddles for a ‘stained-glass window’ view of things. The Explorer Backpacks are free to use in exchange for a refundable deposit – either £5 in cash, or your credit/debit card left securely for collection when you return the pack.

Here's what one Mum said about visiting with her two boys aged 4 and 1:

We were made to feel so welcome and had a fantastic time ... we were given an ‘explorers pack’ which both my children loved. The bear's activities inside really captured my 4 year olds imagination ... he could explore the cathedral in the way 4 year olds explore the world! He danced to the sound of the organ, explored the darker corners with his torch and even asked if he could “sit for a few moments to be peaceful”!

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