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Climb the stairs, get your breath, see the view

Monday 25 July

Test your nerve and expand your knowledge this weekend with a Peterborough Cathedral tower tour.

The tour has been described by one previous participant as “quite possibly the best tenner I ever spent”. It goes up the narrow spiral staircase inside the Cathedral, admiring architectural details, beautiful stained glass and intricate ceilings along the way, then emerging outside on the roof next to the flag-pole. The views of Peterborough are spectacular and on a clear day Ely Cathedral can be spotted on the far horizon.

Coming back down, the tour goes along the length of the Nave roof to the North West Tower, visiting the bell ringing chamber and looking at the rare wooden windlass used by the medieval stonemasons who created the building.

Stained glass seen on the tower tourFinally, the tour crosses the giant gothic vaults 25m above the ground over the West Front and allows you to stand inside the famous western Portico, before safely descending and concluding the tour. 

The tours take approximately 1.5 hours and will take place on Saturday 30th July at 11.30am and 1.30pm, and on Sunday 31st July at 1.45pm. They are open to anyone in good health, aged between 10 and 80 years. Tickets are £10 for adults (£8 concessions) and £5 for children (over 10 only).

For more details and to book tickets call 01733 452336 or visit http://shop.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/tower-tour

Listen to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Glenn Jones as he takes a Tower Tour:

With thanks to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire for use of this audio clip.