OnCathedral tours, beginning at the Welcome Desk, last roughly an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes and provide a fascinating insight into the development of the Cathedral. Trained guides highlight key points of religious, architectural and historical interest, as well as recounting many stories associated with the Cathedral and explaining its ongoing work and significance today. The tours are at ground level inside the Cathedral.
On the following upcoming dates there will be no tours due to special events in the Cathedral: Friday 16th September, Saturday 24th September, Tuesday 4th October and Friday 14th October.
The Cathedral always provides something new to spot on every visit, but items to look out for include:
- the great West Front and portico
- the Romanesque arches of the nave and the unique painted wooden thirteenth century ceiling
- the medieval font
- the neo-gothic Victorian choir stalls and the stories they tell
- the chapels of St. Oswald, St. Benedict and St. Kyneburgha in the South Transept
- the crossing tower, rebuilt in the fourteenth century and then again by the Victorians
- the Cathedra, or Bishop's seat
- the High Altar
- the tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon and the original burial place of Mary Queen of Scots
- the old Cathedral clock
- the Treasury
- the marvellous fan vaulting of the late fifteenth century 'New Building'
- the intriguing early ninth century Saxon sculpture known as the 'Hedda Stone' or 'Monks' Stone'
- the Holy Spirit Chapel in the Western Transept
- the pictures above the west doors of Robert Scarlett, the sixteenth century gravedigger who buried both queens.
Outside, in your own time, you can take in the peace of the cloisters and enjoy a wander round the Precincts to see where other buildings of the medieval monastery were located.
Booking and further information
The tour lasts around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Guided Tour tickets are £8 for adults and £6 concessions. There is no charge for accompanied children.
Book tickets online through our Shop or via Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ (01733 452336).
Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour from the Welcome Desk inside the Cathedral (if available).
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