Highlights Tour

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

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Highlights (ground floor) tour details

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

The tour costs £5 per person and lasts approximately 1 hour. Booking is not needed but it is wise to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of the tour. Ask to join the tour at the Welcome Desk just inside the main entrance of the Cathedral.

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.

Covid-19

Before your tour, please note and comply with our current current visiting and event attendance guidelines.

See also the dates for Upper Levels and Tower Tours during this period.

January

SATURDAY 15TH - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - 11.30, 13.00, 14.30

THURSDAY 20TH - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - 11.30, 13.00, 14.30

FRIDAY 21ST - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - 11.30, 13.00, 14.30

SATURDAY 22ND - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - 11.30, 13.00, 14.30

TUESDAY 25TH - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - 14.30

THURSDAY 27TH - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - 11.30, 13.00, 14.30

FRIDAY 28TH - HIGHLIGHTS TOUR - 11.30, 13.00, 14.30

 

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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