Highlights Tour

The Highlights Tour gives you an introduction to the long and colourful history of Peterborough Cathedral.

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Peterborough Abbey, which became a Cathedral in 1541, has been at the centre of national and international events for over 900 years. It has been an influential medieval monastery and a royal burial place, survived major damage during the Civil War and enjoyed a period of restoration and rediscovery of its Anglo-Saxon origins in the 19th century. A Highlights Tour will introduce you to these stories and more as you explore the building with a knowledgeable guide.

If you want to know more about Cathedral history, you may like to read our Tales from Tour Guides blog, written during lockdown.


Highlights Tour details

The Highlights Tour of the ground level of the Cathedral takes roughly one hour and explores the key features the building's history and architecture.

The Tours usually run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. See our Events Page for times.

There is a charge of £5 per person, payable by card on arrival.

Due to the current COVID restrictions, each tour is restricted to a maximum of six guests who are required to:

  • Wear a face covering during their visit, unless exempt from doing so for medical reasons.

  • Sanitise their hands on arrival and on exit.

  • Scan the QR code or leave their contact details for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

  • Observe social distancing of 2 metres between households throughout their visit.

The tours begin at the Welcome Desk just inside the Cathedral.

Booking is not usually necessary, but if you want to be sure of a place, please email tours@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk two days ahead of your visit. Given enough notice, it is also possible to book a private tour at a different date and time (minimum charge applies). Contact us on the email address above to discuss options.

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

  • 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'

Outside, before or after your tour, you can enjoy a wander around the Precincts to see where some of the other buildings of the medieval monastery were located.

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