Highlights Tour

The Highlights Tour gives you an introduction to the long and colourful history of Peterborough Cathedral.

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Highlights tour details

The ground level route around the Cathedral explores the key features the building's history and architecture.

The tour costs £5pp and lasts approximately 1 hour. Booking is not usually necessary, but if you want to be sure of a place, give us a ring, or drop us an email. 

Given enough notice, it is also possible to book a private tour at a different date and time (minimum charge applies). Contact us via email

The tours begin from the Information Desk at the south transept (directions will be provided to you at the Welcome Desk at the Cathedral's main entrance).


  • We ask that visitors sanitise their hands on arrival at the Cathedral. A dispenser is available for this purpose. 

  • Visitors are welcome to wear a face covering during their visit should they wish to do so.

  • The NHS QR code will be available for visitors to scan for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

  • We ask visitors to respect the continuing need for some social distance between households. 

  • Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, or who has been asked to self-isolate, should stay at home and not enter the Cathedral. 


Wednesday 15th - Highlights Tour - 10.00am, 2.30pm

Wednesday 22nd - Highlights Tour - 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Friday 24th - Highlights Tour - 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Saturday 25th - Highlights Tour - 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

What do you see on the tour?

The Cathedral always provides something new to spot on every visit, but items to look out for include:

  • the Romanesque arches of the nave and the unique painted wooden thirteenth century ceiling

  • the tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon and the original burial place of Mary Queen of Scots

  • the marvellous fan vaulting of the late fifteenth century 'New Building'

  • the intriguing early ninth century Saxon sculpture known as the 'Hedda Stone'

Outside, before or after your tour, you can enjoy a wander around the Precincts to see where some of the other buildings of the medieval monastery were located.

Peterborough Abbey, which became a Cathedral in 1541, has been at the centre of national and international events for over 900 years. It has been an influential medieval monastery and a royal burial place, survived major damage during the Civil War and enjoyed a period of restoration and rediscovery of its Anglo-Saxon origins in the 19th century. A Highlights Tour will introduce you to these stories and more as you explore the building with a knowledgeable guide.

If you want to know more about Cathedral history, you may like to read our Tales from Tour Guides blog, written during lockdown.

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