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Click here to find out when the Tower is open during 2016

The Tower will then be open to climb (weather and events permitting) from 19 March to 30 October 2016 on Saturdays, Bank Holidays (excluding Good Friday) and weekdays during the school spring, summer and autumn holidays from 11am to 5pm, last entry at 4.30pm. On Sundays during this same period the tower will open from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, last entry at 3pm. On a few days within this period the tower is closed or only open during restricted times guidance is given below, but if you are visiting the Cathedral specifically to climb the tower please phone in advance to check opening times - 01905 732900.

Please purchase tickets from the cathedral shop on the day of your visit (there is no need to pre-book).

Admission charges: Adults - 4, children (under 16) - 2, family - 8

Access to the tower is by an ancient and at points very narrow spiral staircase. The climb of 235 steps can be strenuous, and should not be undertaken by anyone not reasonably fit, or uncomfortable with enclosed spaces.

All children must be able to climb independently (and not be carried) and be accompanied by a responsible adult (minimum of one adult per two children).

The Tower is the Cathedral's third tower. The first fell down in 1175 and the second was taken down because it was unsafe. The present tower was completed in 1374. The stone work internally is 14th century in date but the exterior of the tower was re-faced in the 19th century as part of the Victorian restoration. The present tower was strengthened in the late 1980's/early 1990's, to ensure it is safe for the next 200 years.

On a clear day there are spectacular views over the city centre, River Severn, county cricket ground, Pitchcroft racecourse, Malvern Hills and countryside beyond.Cricket_ground.jpg

During the civil war in 1651, it was said that the future King Charles II viewed the Battle of Worcester from the top of the tower.

On the journey up the tower is the Clock Chamber & new Bellringing teaching centre. Further on up you can peek into the Ringing Room and Bell Chamber.

Would you like to discover the joy of ringing Worcester Cathedral's remarkable bells? You can apply to learn the art and science of bell ringing in the new teaching centre in the tower. More information is available on our Bellringing pages.

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