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The Tower

The Tower is currently closed

The Tower of Worcester Cathedral is currently closed to visitors for the foreseeable future.

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.

Normal opening information

Before the Covid-19 pandemic the Tower was open to climb during weekends and school holidays from February to mid-December (weather and events permitting). The Tower opened at 11am on a weekday and Saturdays, last entry at 4.30pm and on a Sunday open from 12.30, last entry 3pm. 

When the Tower is open tickets can be purchased from the donation point machine near the main entrance (North door) on the day of your visit (there is no need to pre-book). Or from the Cathedral shop (when it is open)

Admission charges have been : Adults - £5, children (under 16) - free (2 free children per adult)
Please contact the Cathedral Chapter Office for group visits on 

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). For group visits please phone the Learning Team (schools and children) or The Chapter Office (adult tours)

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.