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Tours and talks

Tours of Worcester Cathedral

*Please note, on Saturday 16 July there will be no Turn up for a Tour or Tower Tours, due to two weddings taking place inside the Cathedral this day. 

Enjoy learning about the Cathedral on a historical tour. Led by an experienced Cathedral guide, using sanitised headsets and transmitter equipment.

  • Turn up for a Tour at 11am* or 2.30pm*, Monday to Saturday. These Historical Tours of the Cathedral start from the Welcome area near the Cathedral entrance.  Tickets cost £7 per adult (with accompanied children free). Tours will use sanitised headsets. They will last 45 - 60 minutes. Ideal for individuals or couples who want to turn up on the day. Arrive approx. 10 - 15 minutes before the tour and pay at our welcome desk.

To enquire about booking a group tour or group talk contact us by emailing -  visits@worcestercathedral.org.uk
Please note that it may occasionally be necessary to restrict a tour to certain areas if a service or event is taking place.
Choose from the following:

  • Historical tours or talks - giving an introduction to the history of Worcester Cathedral. These can be pre-booked for groups and tailored to your individual requirements. *Tours and talks cost £7 per person for half an hour up to an hour, or £10 per person for an hour and a half. We use sanitised headset equipment to enhance you being able to hear your guide. Please note that it may occasionally be necessary to restrict a tour to certain areas if a service or event is taking place.
    There is a minimum charge of £35.00 or £50 respectively.

  • Non-guided groups are welcome to visit the Cathedral (with social distancing), however we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment in case you visit when we have a closure or an event going on. Non-guided group bookings cost £5.00 per person. We will ensure you are kept up to date about what is happening in the Cathedral that might affect your planned visit. 

  • Themed tours.
    Groups can also pre-book 
    choosing a topic of interest of their choice, for example - Architecture; Tudors, Stuarts and the Pilgrim Fathers; Famous people (including King John, Prince Arthur, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Stanley Baldwin, Woodbine Willie, The Duke of Hamilton, St Wulfstan, and St Oswald, to name but a few).
    If you would like a themed tour, please request this when booking as it will be subject to the availability of our specialist guides.* Minimum 5 people or £35.00 for up to an hour, or minimum of £50 for up to 1 hour 30 minutes tour. 

  • Pilgrimage / Parish and Diocesan pre-booked socially distanced group visits can include a short service, a historical or spiritual tour of the Cathedral and lunch or afternoon tea in the Chapter House, Undercroft or Cloister. Prices are available upon request. 

  • Talks by King John's Tomb. King John's tomb has the oldest Royal effigy in England and makes for a stunning setting in which to hear about his life, and the disputes with the French king, the Pope, and the Barons that ultimately led to him sealing Magna Carta. This half hour talk costs £7 per person. Minimum charge of £35 per tour.

  • Tours of the Stonemasons Yard.
    See behind the scenes in our working stonemasons yard. Hear about the heritage conservation work they do, using skills the same as those that built the Cathedral. The tour costs £20 per person, with a minimum group size of 5 or a minimum charge of £100.00 per tour. The tour will be socially distanced and uses headsets to enhance you being able to hear your guide.

  • A History of the Cathedral Grounds and Garden Tour.  Led by our Cathedral gardener or one of our garden volunteers. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor space and hear the history of the surroundings from a different perspective. This tour takes you across uneven and sometimes wet surfaces, across landscape and up and down steps and therefore is not suitable for anyone who has limited mobility or difficulty walking. Flat sensible walking shoes with a good grip are advised. The tour lasts up to 60 minutes and costs £7.00 per person (minimum charge £35.00 per tour). The tour will be socially distanced and uses headsets to enhance you being able to hear your guide. 

  • World War I: Worcester Cathedral Connections Tour. Hear the poignant stories of the soldiers with memorials in the stained glass windows in the Cathedral Cloister. The tour remembers these men with Worcestershire connections who died in the Great War between 1914 and 1918. You can also visit other areas around the Cathedral and hear about the Cathedral's other WW1 connections. This tour costs £7 per person. Minimum charge of £35.00 per tour  

Tower Tours
The Tower of Worcester Cathedral can be visited as part of a guided tour on certain Saturdays from April to October 2022 in fine weather, or for pre-booked group visits on other days (see below). On a clear day there are spectacular views over the city centre, River Severn, County cricket ground, Pitchcroft racecourse, Malvern Hills and countryside beyond. 

  • Tower Tours in July 
    2 July - 11am 
    9 July - 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
    16 July - no tours
    23 July - 11am and 12.30pm 
    30 July - 11am only
    (weather permitting and subject to the availability of Tower guides).

Tickets can be purchased on the day inside the Cathedral at the Welcome desk, close to the main North Door (opposite the High Street).
Tours cost £10.00* person and last approximately one hour.  
Payment is made by card contactlessly.
There will be a maximum of 10 visitors per Tower tour.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
Tours may use sanitised headsets to enable the group to better hear their guide.
Tours are for people aged 10 years and over and each individual child must be accompanied by an adult.
Please click here to read the full terms and conditions.
*Introductory price 

Adult Groups can pre-book a Tower tour by emailing an enquiry to visits@worcestercathedral.org.uk.
These tours cost £10.00* per person and last one hour. An extended tour lasting 1.5 hours, costs £15 per person.
Tours are for a minimum of 5 people, alternatively, a minimum fee of £50.00 will be charged. A maximum of 10 people per group can climb the tower as part of a managed tour.
Tours may use sanitised headsets to enable the group to better hear their guide.
T&Cs apply. 
*Introductory price 

Tours for schools or groups of children can be booked by emailing the Cathedral Learning Team on schools@worcestercathedral.org.u

Cathedral at Heights Tour.
Have you got a head for heights? Join a tour behind the scenes, climbing the spiral steps inside the tower to parts of the upper reaches. As part of this fascinating tour behind the scenes, you will be led by two of the Cathedral guides, climbing a third of the way inside the tower to the clock room/bellringing teaching centre. The tour will include historical and architectural elements about the Cathedral as well as touching on the use of the tower for bellringing. You will venture into some of the roof spaces and discover what is above the magnificent vaulted ceilings below. The tour also takes you into the clergy's Parlour where you can see paintings of past Deans and Bishops.
There is no disabled access and is not suitable for children under 16 years. Under 18's must be accompanied.  No large bags can be taken up.
This tour costs £10 per person, with a minimum charge of £50 per tour. The maximum number of people per group is 10. 

  • Coming in the future...
    Library Tours 
    Library tours are currently paused until further notice as  the Library is closed for repair work. Once tours resume, groups or individuals can book an appointment in advance by filling in the form on the library page here or ringing 01905 732922.
    Tours cost £15 per adult for a 'private tour' of between 1 - 5 people or £10 per adult for a group of between 6 - 20 people.

For further information and bookings, please email visits@worcestercathedral.org.uk