The doors of the wonderful Southwell Minster are always open but there are some special tour days coming up over the next three Bank Holiday Mondays: Easter Monday 22nd April, and the two May Bank Holiday Mondays 6th and 27th May.

On these days, tours will operate between 10am and 2pm. Chief Steward Kevin Hender says: "Our guides and stewards will reveal to you the amazing stories linked to our 1,000 year history from Saxon times to the modern day. We even have strong evidence of a Roman presence.

"Highlights include the world famous 'Leaves of Southwell' in the Chapterhouse regarded as some of the most impressive stone carving in Europe, stunning wood carvings and vivid stained glass windows. The majestic State Chamber in The Archbishop's Palace will also be open."

The tours of the Minster and Archbishop Palace take approximately one hour and are free of charge although donations are most welcome.

The central Bell Tower will also be open and tours of this will take place on the hour starting at 11am with the last tour at 2pm. Booking is advised for the Bell Tower tour which costs £6 per adult and £3 for children who must be aged 7 or over. Children aged 14 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Booking via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating party size and preferred time / date.

Do come and visit, and absorb the story telling that reveals our amazing history!

Easter Services Broadcast Live 

Two Easter Services are to be broadcast live from Southwell Minster on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Radio 4 will broadcast Easter Sunday Worship at 8.10am from the cathedral on 21st April and Choral Evensong at 3pm for Radio 3. 

The Dean of Southwell, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan, says: “Broadcasting on Easter day on BBC national radio is both a huge privilege and a considerable responsibility.  Of course, we couldn’t say ‘no thank you’ to such a wonderful invitation!  The Cathedral’s live worship will be transmitted to millions of listeners, who we pray will be uplifted and inspired on the most important celebratory day in the Church’s year.”

Bishop Paul is the preacher at the 8.10am Easter Eucharist and the Dean is presiding, with the Cathedral Choir singing.

Other services (open to everyone) are 6am Easter Sunrise service with Holy Communion (lighting the Easter fire outside the Minster near the north porch and moving to the Easter Garden), and 10.30am Easter Day Eucharist (sung by the Minster Chorale).

Please note, the congregation needs to be in place by 7.40am for the 8.10am service and seated by 2.45pm for the 3pm service. There is limited space in the quire.

For more information about the Easter Services and other events please go to www.southwellminster.org