Opening times for 2014 are from Saturday 5 April to 1 November (weather and events permitting) on Saturdays, Bank Holidays (excluding Good Friday) and during the school spring, summer and autumn holidays from 11am - 5pm, last entry at 4.30pm. The tower is not open on Sundays. On some days within this period the tower is closed or only open during certain times - if you are visiting the Cathedral specifically to climb the tower please phone in advance to check opening times - 01905 732900.
Holiday opening times:
Monday 14 April - Friday 25 April
Monday 26 May – Friday 30 May
Wednesday 23 July – Friday 29 August
Monday 27 October – Friday 31 October
Changes to the above:
Mon 14 April - tower open from 2pm - last entry 4.30pm
Fri 18 April - tower closed all day
Sat 21 June - tower open 11am - last entry 1pm
Sat 28 June - tower closed all day
Sat 26 July - Sat 2 August - Three Choir - special opening times tbc
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).
Charges: Adults - £4 and children/students under 16 - £2, family - £8
We regret that there is no access for disabled people up the tower due to the nature of the ancient and narrow spiral staircase. The climb of the 235 steps to the top of the tower can be strenuous.
On a clear day see the spectacular views over the city centre, River Severn, county cricket ground, Pitchcroft racecourse, Malvern Hills and countryside beyond.
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.
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.