Tower Tour

A tour of the upper levels of 900 year old Peterborough Cathedral is an unforgettable experience. You see the construction of the medieval building close up, but also you emerge to take in spectacular views across the city.

This page gives details of our scheduled tours. If you would like to book a private tower tour please email and we will do our best to arrange this. 

If heights are not really your thing, follow this link for details of our ground level Highlights Tour.

Tower Tour details

Hope Woolston on top of the Cathedral tower, and link to her review

On an Upper Level and Tower Tour you explore the inside of Peterborough Cathedral from above, with fabulous views of the Cathedral interior along the triforium level, above the Apse Chapel and transepts. Continue up inside the central tower, then outside onto the top of the tower for views of the city and beyond. Descend via the stairs in the North West Tower into the Ringing Chamber, view the medieval windlass and go into the roof gables. See the Tower Tour Gallery below.

Read Hope Woolston's Tower Tour review.

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A 'Tower Top Climb' is shorter and goes straight to the top of the tower to see the view. These happen less often. There are 194 steps up to the tower, and 194 steps down again! 


Tickets are £15 per person for the full Upper Level and Tower Tour and £6 per person for a Tower Top Climb. Both are open to ages 8+ only. Ages 8-17 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • Please allow 2 hours for a full Upper Level and Tower Tour and around 45 minutes for a Tower Top Climb.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour or climb is due to start.

  • Please read the Important notes for those booking below, before you book your ticket(s).


The view from the upper levels at Peterborough Cathedral

  • 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 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, is asked to stay at home and not enter the Cathedral. 

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Important notes for those booking Tower Tours and Tower Top climbs

  1. Given steep and narrow spiral staircases, plus the odd medieval beam to negotiate, visitors need to have a certain level of stamina, fitness and a forgiveness for ancient buildings.

  2. As part of our insurance undertakings we ask each person going up the tower to read and view this important information about the tour. On arrival we will ask you to sign a short disclaimer to confirm that you have understood this. Without this we cannot take you up. 

  3. Rucksacks or bags are not allowed on tower tours. We will provide a storage location.

  4. The tour will go ahead whatever the weather but the tower top section may not be included during high winds, heavy rain or icy conditions.

  5. The Cathedral reserves the right to cancel tours. In the unlikely event that this happens an alternative date will be offered.

  6. Please note this general information for ticket purchasers.

Tower Tour gallery

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