Frequently Asked Questions


Whether you are fascinated by Norman architecture and Tudor history or you simply want to explore, Peterborough Cathedral is a wonderful place to visit.

What are the top ten things to see?

Follow this link to find out! Top Ten Things to See

Are you open every day?

The Cathedral is open 364 days a year (closed 26 December). However, because it hosts numerous services and events it is not always open to sightseers. Please check opening times before you visit: Opening Times.

How much does it cost to get in?

There is no entry charge but we ask visitors to make a donation. £5 per adult is suggested but please give what you can. You can donate using a card or in cash at one of the boxes near the main entrance. Income from visitors plays a vital part in meeting the £4,000 per day it costs to keep the Cathedral open.

Do you do guided tours?

Yes, we offer Cathedral Highlights tours at 11.00am and 2.00pm on most dates from Monday to Saturday (check the Opening Times page for any changes). These are led by one of our trained volunteer guides and offer a fascinating introduction to the Cathedral's history. There is a charge of £5 per person. About Highlights Tours.

Can I take photographs or video?

Yes, you can take photos with a hand held camera or phone for personal use, except during services or rehearsals. Anyone wishing to film or take photographs for student projects, weddings, to promote an organisation or for public broadcast of any kind, or who wishes to use a tripod or additional lighting, is asked to contact us before their visit. Please read our Photography, Video and Filming Policy for details.

Do you have a café?

Yes, Sundays, the carvery restaurant and tea room, is located in the Becket Chapel opposite the Cathedral, serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. Its opening hours are:

Tuesday to Saturday.   9.30am to 11.30am, breakfasts. 11.30am to 2.30pm, roast lunches and eat-in or takeaway rolls. 1.30pm to 4.30pm, afternoon teas.
Sunday.   11.00am to 4.00pm, Roast lunches and eat in or takeaway rolls.
Monday.  Closed.                 

There is no need for reservations, although these can be made for groups of 8 or more (contact David Beever on 07919 916529).  

I’m not religious. Can I come to a service?

Yes, anyone is welcome to sit with the congregation during a worship service in the Cathedral and no special knowledge is needed. The beautiful choral music at Evensong, at 5.30pm from Sunday to Friday during term time, is a lovely way to end a visit to the Cathedral. Find out what to expect at a service of Evensong.

Do you have a shop?

Yes, our Cathedral Shop selling cards, books and souvenirs, is located inside the Cathedral near to the main entrance.

You can buy a Cathedral guide book online here: Cathedral Souvenir Guide

How do I go about organising a pilgrimage visit for my church?

You will find more details and can submit your enquiry via this page: Pilgrimage visits

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