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The Tower

The Tower is currently closed

The Tower of Worcester Cathedral is currently closed to visitors. We hope to reopen the tower for tours in the Spring of 2022. 

About The Tower

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.

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.

Tower tours

Tower tours will be available to book when access to the tower is allowed again. The tours will cost £15 per person, with a minimum charge per tour of £50.00. The approximate length of time for the tour is 1 hour. The maximum number per group is 10. These tower tours are not suitable for children under 16 years of age. 

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.

Please contact the Cathedral Chapter Office to enquire about booking an adult group visit, email visits@worcestercathedral.org.uk

For group visits by schools or groups of children please contact the Learning Team on  schools@worcestercathedral.org.uk 

The Bells and the Bellringing Teaching Centre

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.