9.00am - 5.00pm


9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm

Heritage Open Days

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 September 2016

See parts of the Cathedral Precincts not normally open to the public and be amongst the first to see inside the new Cathedral Visitor and Learning Centre.

Almoner's HallExplore Hidden Spaces

Drop in and take a look inside buildings rarely open to the public.
Guides will be on hand to answer questions. No need to book.
Download a leaflet about Heritage Open Days at the Cathedral.

Almoner’s Hall

The medieval Almonry. Find out about the role the abbey played in caring for the poor of Peterborough.

Open: Saturday 10am – 3pm, Sunday 12 noon – 2pm.Cathedral Library interior

Cathedral Library

Tucked away above the Cathedral’s 14th century porch is a remarkable library.

Open: Saturday 10am – 3pm, Sunday 12 noon – 2pm.

Special Guided Tours and
Family Activities

19th c. Folly in the Deanery GardenTake a tour around one of these remarkable spaces. Tours last about one hour and places are limited (pre-booking is advised). Meet at the Cathedral’s main entrance.

The Deanery Garden Tours

Explore this beautiful garden, which includes the remains of Peterborough’s castle.  This tour does have have wheelchair and push chair access to all except the top of Tout Hill.

Tour times: Saturday at 12.00 noon (fully booked) and 2.30pm.

>>Booking for these free tours is available here.<<  or via Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ (01733 452336).

Children making thingsThe Deanery Garden Family Activities

Have fun with knight’s helmet and castle making, and storytelling sessions on Tout Hill. 

Cost: £3.00 per person. Just turn up, no need to book.

DUE TO RAIN, THE FAMILY ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BECKET CHAPEL (directly opposite the main Cathedral entrance). 

Find out more on Facebook.

Activity times: Saturday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. No pre-booking required.

Medieval roof timbers in Table Hall

Table Hall and the Infirmary

Discover the remains of the Abbey’s Hospital. The tour includes a rare chance to go inside the 15th century Table Hall.

Tour times: Saturday at 11.00am and 3.00pm
These tours are both FULLY BOOKED


The King's Lodging above the Norman Arch

The King’s Lodgings

See the remains of Peterborough’s medieval prison, the royal apartments and the room above the Cathedral gateway.  Please note that access is via a rather steep and winding staircase.  Unfortunately this tour does not have disabled access.

Tour times: Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am
These tours are both FULLY BOOKED

Regular Guided Tours

Guided tour group in the CathedralCathedral Tours

Find out about the people, events and stories connected with the Cathedral, which has been a a centre of Christian worship for over 1300 years. The tour lasts around 75 minutes.  More information can be found here.

Tour times:  Saturday and Sunday at 2.00pm during Heritage Open Weekend. Otherwise Monday to Saturday at 2.00pm.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), free for accompanied children under 16. Book via  or via Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ (01733 452336).

Tower Tours

View from the top of the towerGet the best view in Peterborough and see into the nooks and crannies of the building. The tour includes the belfry, stained glass at close quarters and the windlass used by the medieval masons. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.  More information can be found here.

Tickets: £10 adults (£8 concessions), £5 children under 16. For safety reasons the tour is open only to those who are in good health and aged over 10 and under 80 years.

Tour times: Saturday and Sunday at 1.45pm. Places limited. Pre-booking strongly advised.  Book via or via Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ (01733 452336).

Visitor and Learning CentreNew Visitor and Learning Centre

The new Visitor and Learning Centre in the Precincts will open to the public for the first time on Saturday 10 September after two years of painstaking building conservation, and much detailed research to create displays which will bring the Cathedral’s history to life. There is also the opportunity to see inside the newly restored 13th century Knights’ Chamber.

The historian Dr David Starkey will officially open the new Visitor and Learning Centre at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 10th September, at 2.00pm.

Dr David Starkey

Re-enactors dressed as medieval knights will provide a guard of honour for Dr Starkey as he cuts a ribbon across the entrance to the new Centre.

All are welcome.

Dr David Starkey to open new Visitor and Learning Centre, 2pm on 10th September

Open: Saturday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Sunday from 10.00am – 4.00pm.


The Middle Ages brought to life!

Close-up of knight in armourThroughout this special weekend, medieval re-enactors will be camped on the green at the front of the Cathedral, where they will give talks, demonstrations and combat displays.

Open: Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am – 4.00pm.



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