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 (weather permitting).

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 on selected dates only. There are 194 steps up and 194 steps down again! 

Ticket prices

  • Upper Level and Tower Tour tickets: £15 per person + booking fee

  • Tower Top Climb tickets:  £6 per person + booking fee

  • Both tours 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

Book here

Please select a date from the list below and follow the link to book.

Before you book, please note our current visiting and event attendance guidelines.

Up coming Upper Levels and Tower Tours

All Upper Levels and Tower Tours can be viewed and booked here

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.

Private Tours

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

Tower Tour gallery

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