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Hidden Heights Tour

Our expert guides will take you on a journey through the vaulted roof spaces of the Cathedral, finding hidden gems and intriguing stories along the way. The highlight of the tour being the stunning view of the city and surrounding areas from the rooftop. 

Tours last approximately 75 minutes.

Please note the terms and conditions.

Tours are subject to cancellation in adverse weather conditions.
The tour is open only to adults and children 8 years old and over.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The maximum ratio is 2 children to 1 adult.
The visit is unsuitable for anyone who suffers from heart or respiratory disorders, or any medical or other condition which could be adversely affected by the climb (for example claustrophobia or vertigo).
Everyone taking part in the visit must have both hands free for the climb of 90 spiral steps to the roof.
Bulky or larger items of baggage therefore must be left at ground level.  
Items can be left out of general view and collected afterwards but left at the owners’ risk.
Sensible, sturdy footwear must be worn. No flip-flops, high heels, slippers, etc. For your own safety, you will not be allowed to climb if you are wearing inappropriate footwear.

Dates this summer
Tickets £10

Library Tour

Dates throughout the year | 10:30-12:00
The Library, tucked away at the top of a spiral staircase, is one of the Cathedral's best-loved treasures. We are pleased to be able to open the library for a series of public tours this year. Climb the 35 spiral steps, see the library for yourself and explore some of our fascinating, and internationally significant book collection.
This year's tour will include books and manuscripts from the library of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset, 1588-1660, including a 1420 illuminated copy of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. 

Tickets £18
You must be able to climb 35 spiral steps to take part in this tour.

Accessible tours 

This tour is designed for those unable to ascend the spiral staircase.  Tours will take place at ground level in the Chapter House.  Suitable for wheelchair users.
- Wednesday 14 September 10:30am

Candle-lit tours
This atmospheric tour takes place in the evening under LED candlelight. 
- Friday 11 November 7:30pm
- Tuesday 6 December 7:30pm

Climbing at Your Cathedral

Saturdays 23, 30 July
6, 13, 20 August
10:00-16:00 (Last entry 15:45)

Try your hand at scaling an 8m high climbing wall at the Cathedral and get a whole new perspective on the great west front. Conquer your fears, explore your sense of adventure and step out of your comfort zone!

Tickets £7.50 or discounted ticket of £10 for one adult and one child (aged 4-16 years).  

Ages 4+

Please note no skirts or dresses, opened toes shoes or shoes that can fall off easily. 
Tickets are organised into 15 minute time-slots simply to help manage numbers and queues - this is not an indication of the length of the experience.