Whether you're in search of your next undiscovered gem, a family friendly day out, or a special tour uniquely suited for history or architecture buffs, the Peterborough Cathedral is just the place to spend the day exploring. It even has a great tea room where you can spend the afternoon.
The Cathedral always provides something new on every visit, with incredible artifacts and more to dig into, including the great West Front and portico, the Romanesque arches of the nave, the 13th-century ceiling, the medieval font, the neo-gothic Victorian choir stalls, and much more. You can also book more in-depth tours to learn even more about this church.
On selected dates, you can take a tour of the upper levels of the cathedral. Enjoy the bird's-eye view from one of the tallest towers in Peterborough. There are three types of tower tours. The Long Tour explores the inside of Peterborough Cathedral from above, giving you stunning views of the cathedral interior along the triforium level, above the Apse Chapel. The Short Tour features a climb up the inside of the North West Tower to the Bell Ringing Chamber where visitors can view the medieval windlass and the west front gables. You'll also have the opportunity to go outside along the nave roof, then up to the central tower for views across the whole city. The Tower Top Climb will take you on a straight climb up the North West Tower and outside to the central tower for city views.
Visitors are always welcome to explore the cathedral and its surrounding areas.
Cathedral visitor center
It's worth stopping by the new visitor center and its garden when you come to see the cathedral. There is a free exhibition that tells you about stories from the cathedral's 1300-year history. The exhibition offers something for everyone to enjoy including a timeline showing numerous items from Anglo-Saxon times to present day, hands-on exhibits, a digital touch-table, and an audio presentation. Among the priceless artifacts on display is the original letter from 1613 where King James I asked for his mother's (Mary Queen of Scots') remains to be moved from Peterborough to Westminster Abbey.
Most evenings during term time, you can catch the cathedral choir singing Evensong. It is a wonderful time for peaceful reflection. Don't miss out on visiting Becket's Tea Room, and independent tea room on the cathedral grounds. It is open daily and offers freshly prepared and locally sourced lunches, teas, and snacks with table service and take-out options. The tea room has a lovely terrace for guests to enjoy stunning views of the cathedral's West Front.