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 takes roughly one hour and explores the key features the building's history and architecture.

There is a charge of £5 per person, payable by card on arrival.

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

Booking is not usually necessary, but if you want to be sure of a place, please email tours@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk two days ahead of your visit. Given enough notice, it is also possible to book a private tour at a different date and time (minimum charge applies). Contact us on the email address above to discuss options.

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.

  • Sanitise their hands on arrival and on exit.

  • 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.

Dates and times

We are pleased to be able to offer ground-floor 'highlights tours' once again following the lifting of Covid restrictions. The duration for each tour is approximately 60 minutes.


Saturday 5th - 10.30am, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
Friday 11th - 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Saturday 12th - 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
Friday 18th - 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Saturday 19th - 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm 
Saturday 19thThe Architecture Day - an Architecture Walk & Upper Levels Tour combo - 10.30am - 3.00pm

Friday 25th - 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Saturday 26th - 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm


Friday 2nd - 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm
Friday 9th - 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Saturday 10th - 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
Friday 16th - 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm,  - 
Friday 23rd - 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
Saturday 24th - 10.30am, 12.30pm

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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