Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS, UK

About St Edmundsbury Cathedral Tower Tours

Experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour with our fun and knowledgeable tower guides.  Explore our heady heights with amazing views from the top of the tower, the highest point in Bury St Edmunds! Don’t forget your camera!

Join our Tower Guides on an exciting journey where you will learn more about the origins of our Cathedral church and about its continuing development over the last century culminating in our most exciting project in recent years; the building of our 160ft Millennium tower which was finished only in 2005. The magnificent Vaulted Ceiling followed in 2010.

The brief for the build for was for a tower to be constructed with traditional methods and materials which would last for over one thousand years!

Visitors on the tour will be see rare views of the Cathedral itself and across the town and wider countryside and on some days as far as Ely. The 160ft tower represents modern technology and traditional craftsmanship co-existing side by side.

On this tour, there are various stopping points, looking out over the South Transept roof, the chance to look out of the Gallery onto the Quire and see our painted Nave roof up close. The tour also takes in the area above the vaulted ceiling before visiting the roof with its amazing views

Tours generally run from May to October on Saturdays and Sundays but they also take place at other times such as bank holidays and group visits at other times can also be arranged, please check our website for details. Book on our website in advance or on the day in the Cathedral Tourist Information Point within the Cathedral Shop. 

There are certain Health and Safety conditions for the Tower Tours which can be viewed in more detail before booking on our website and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer prior to ascending the tower. 

If you are interested in booking a group on a Tower Tour please contact 

Booking information

Numbers are strictly limited so to be sure of a place book online below. Tickets can also be purchased on the day (depending on availability), from our Tourist Information Point linked to the Cathedral Shop.

Once you have purchased tickets, the meeting place for the Tower Tours is by the Font where the Guides will then take you to the starting location by the Vaulted Ceiling.

Access will not be permitted to:

·         Children under the age of 10 (children aged 10-17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)

·         Adults aged 80+ (stipulation by our Insurers).

·         Anyone to be perceived to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

·         Those who suffer from vertigo or claustrophobia or are nervous of heights, steep spiral staircases, narrow passageways and high galleries.

·         Those who are pregnant, suffer from heart disorders, or any medical condition or disability which might affect their own safety or the safety of others.

Health and Safety Issues 

·         Stairways are steep and narrow.

·         A reasonable level of fitness is required to tackle the 202 steps to the top.

·         The walkways maybe slippery.

·         Suitable footwear must be worn (high heels are forbidden).

·         All bags must be left at ground level, a secure locked location will be provided for bags during the tour.

·         Decisions and instructions of the Cathedral Tower Guides are final and must be followed without question at all times.

The Chapter of St Edmundsbury Cathedral can accept no responsibility for accident, loss or injury to persons or property during tours and visits. 

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