Worcester Cathedral – The Tower
Chapter Office, 8 College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2LA
Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries.
March to the end of October (weather and events permitting) on Saturdays, Bank Holidays (excluding Good Friday) and during the school spring, summer and autumn holidays from 11am – 5pm, last entry at 4.30pm. Sundays 12.30 – last entry 3pm
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).
Charges: Adults – £4 and children/students under 16 – £2, family – £8
The tower may close at short notice during bad weather or for other operational reasons. If you are travelling from a distance specifically to climb it please phone ahead to check on 01905 732900.
We regret that there is no access for disabled people up the tower due to the nature of the ancient and narrow spiral staircase. The climb of the 235 steps to the top of the tower can be strenuous.
On a clear day see the spectacular views over the city centre, River Severn, county cricket ground, Pitchcroft racecourse, Malvern Hills and countryside beyond.
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.
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.
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.
- Accepts groups
- Baby changing facilities
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for conferencing
- Facilities for educational visits
- French signs/guides
- Gift shop
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Wheelchairs available