Highlights Tours

Take a FREE* Highlights tour and explore the key features of the Cathedral. Tours are usually at 11.00am and 2.00pm, Monday to Saturday. *Donations are invited.

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 medieval font

  • the neo-gothic Victorian choir stalls and the stories they tell 

  • the chapels of St. Oswald, St. Benedict and St. Kyneburgha in the South Transept

  • the crossing tower, rebuilt in the fourteenth century and then again by the Victorians

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

  • the old Cathedral clock

  • 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

These tours are free to individual visitors.* Donations invited and will go towards Cathedral running costs. If you have any queries please call 01733 355307 or email tours@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk.

* There is a charge for tours for groups of 10 or above, and pre-booking is required. For more information please visit our Group visits page.


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