Highlights Tours

Highlights tours give you an introduction to the long and eventful history of Peterborough Cathedral.

Until our guided tours can start again, you may like to take a look at our Tales from Tour Guides blog, written during lockdown.

Take a Highlights Tour and explore the key features of the Cathedral with an informative guide. Tours are usually at 11.00am and 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Wednesday 2.00pm only. There is a charge of £5 per person, payable on arrival.

The tours begin at the Welcome Desk just inside the Cathedral. The tour is at ground level inside the Cathedral and usually lasts around an hour. No booking is necessary, but do check on this link for any dates when tours will not be running due to services or events.

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 great West Front and portico

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

  • the chapels of St. Oswald in the South Transept

  • 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'

  • the pictures above the west doors of Robert Scarlett, the sixteenth century gravedigger who buried both queens.

Outside, in your own time, you can take in the peace of the cloisters and enjoy a wander round the Precincts to see where other buildings of the medieval monastery were located.

Further information

There is a charge of £5 per person for a highlights tour, payable on arrival. If you have any queries please call 01733 355307 or email tours@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk.

* Groups of 10 or above should be booked in advance please. For more information please visit our Group visits page.


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