Special tour days with opportunities to climb the bell tower and learn about the rich history of the Minster and Archbishop's Palace are taking place on Thursday 19th, Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th September.

Head Steward, Kevin Hender says: "Whilst the doors of our wonderful Minster are 'always' open we do have some special tour days coming up to mark Heritage Open Days. General tours will operate on these days between 10am and 4pm. There's no need to book. 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 there is a suggested donation of £3 per adult.

The central Bell Tower, which was built nearly 900 years ago, will also be open. Some 200 spiral stone steps in total can be climbed, stopping off at the Bell Ringers Chamber (perhaps to ring a bell) and then up to the Bell Chamber itself where the cathedral's 13 Bells are housed before reaching the top and climb outside for magnificent views, weather permitting.

"The Tower itself is some 110 foot high and the views are wonderful," adds Kevin. "Tours will take place on the hour starting at 11am with the last tour going at 4pm. Booking is advised for the Bell Tower tour as we are restricted to a maximum number of 15 persons per tour. Do come and visit, and absorb the story-telling that reveals our amazing history."

The cost is £6 per adult and £3 for children who must be aged seven 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.

Published July 2019