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The Tower

The Tower Opening

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. Please click here for more information. 

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

Individuals can join a tour to the top of the tower on certain Saturdays.
Check this page and Cathedral social media for the dates and times that tower tours are running (weather permitting and subject to the availability of Tower guides).

  • From Saturday 30 April, tours will take place most weeks at 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm (weather permitting and subject to the availability of Tower guides), with the following exceptions:
  • On Saturdays 21 and 28 May, there will just be two Tower Tours at 11am & 12.30pm. There will be no 2pm tour on these dates. 

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.  
We ask for payment by card, contactlessly.
There will be a maximum of 10 visitors per Tower tour.
Please arrive at least 10 - 15 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 an enquiry to the Cathedral 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.