Fixed Date Special Interest Tours

The Cathedral runs a number of fixed date special interest tours for our visitors which run on specific dates during the year.

Tourists admire the West Front

Our team of tour guides are experts on the Cathedral and their specialist subjects, injecting every tour with fascinating stories and insights into this unique place. Our fixed date tours run at a specified time and date during the year, last between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours and can accommodate up to 15 people per party.  They do need to be pre-booked.

Tour themes:

Themes include in-depth looks at the Cathedral’s unique stained glass, stone carvings, gothic architecture, embroideries or our chained library. All dates and themes will be announced in the spring of 2018.

Dates for the popular ‘Chained Library Special Interest Tour’ have already been fixed and begin on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 2.15pm. Further dates are:

Saturday 7 April, 10.00 – 11.30am;
Tuesday 19 June, 2.15 – 3.45pm;
Saturday 4 August, 10.00 – 11.30am and Tuesday 21 August, 2.15 – 3.45pm;
Saturday 3 November, 10.00 – 11.30am

To book:

You can book yourself and friends or a group onto these fixed date special interest tours via the Cathedral’s Box Office on 01749 671663  or in person from our shops at the low price of £10 per person. We also take online bookings although these are subject to a small booking fee.

Want to bring your Group to the Cathedral but can’t make these dates?  Our Visits team can talk to you about tailoring a group visit to suit the date and theme of your choice.  Click here to find out more.

Useful tips:

Wheelchair Friendly:

Best for wheelchair users would probably be the Embroidery tour, because although it’s not possible to see ALL the Quire embroideries from the central aisle, the tour splits into small groups to explore a selection more closely and one guide would stay with the wheelchair user to show just those within view.  The altar frontals and vestments shown as part of the tour would be easier to see.

Stained Glass tours and the Carvings tour are also suitable although they involve a lot of looking up at high images and places, so binoculars are recommended. During the Chronological Stained Glass tour there is a 10 minute section in the Chapter House that can only be accessed via steps but the rest of the tour is accessible.

The only tours not suitable would be the Chained Library and Architecture tours.

Best for families and children:

Best for families and young children would probably be the Carvings tour, as there are so many interesting carvings.  However, the Special Interest tours, being an hour and a half long and designed to go into some detail, would probably not be suitable for some children.