Guided Tower Tour

Our Tower Tour takes you up to the top of the Central Tower where you can experience fabulous views and see much of Lincolnshire and beyond

Climb more than 300 steps to reach the top of the Central Tower of Lincoln Cathedral and take in the fantastic 360 degree views of the city, county and beyond.

On the way up our guides will share much of the history of the Cathedral and you will be able to see the clock mechanism and bells which ring the quarter hour every day.

Please note: A general level of fitness is required to climb the steep staircases.

An induction will be provided before the tour commences, and a guide will be with you at all times.

The tower tours take place at 11.15am and 1.15pm every Saturday and bank holiday during the summer season (excluding Good Friday) and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Tours cost £7.50 per person in addition to the general admission fee.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour start time, and pay admission at our welcome desk and receive your tour information.

All participants must be 14 years or older.

New dates will be added every few weeks, so please check back if your preferred dates are not yet available. Tickets are sold as non-returnable and non-refundable.

This programme is subject to change with no notice. We reserve the right to cancel this event. If we do need to cancel all tickets will be refunded.

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Tower Tour Visitor Safety Instructions

Please take time to read this information carefully as you will be required to comply with the restrictions and requirements below.

Tour Details
The maximum number of persons allowed in the tour party is 14.
We apologise: Children under the age of 14 are not permitted on the tour.
Once the tour has started there will be no opportunity for a comfort break.
Tours last approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.

General Information
There are 338 steps to the top of the tower and the spiral stairs are narrow, uneven and steep.
Flat shoes must be worn – NO FLIP FLOPS
If you are in the bell chamber whilst the bells are chiming, provided hearing protection MUST BE WORN by all persons on the tour.
Along various parts of the route there are narrow exits, low ceilings or similar obstacles – your guide will warn you of these but please take care.
Smoking and the use of mobile phones (other than for photos) is prohibited.

Any visitor with a fear of heights or confined spaces and/or in poor health should consider their suitability for the tour.
The tour is not recommended for those with:
• Breathing difficulties
• Heart conditions (including pace-makers)
• Joint pains – hips, knees or ankle
• Reduced mobility or balance problems
• Vertigo
• Asthma – asthmatics are asked to ensure that they have their inhalers with them.
•Those who are pregnant are not advised to join the tour.

Please note: The steps near the access door to the roof are narrow and uneven and require passing through a lowered height area before exiting onto the roof. The roof area is sloped and access beyond taped off areas is strictly prohibited.
Please take care

Your lead guide is in charge of the tour and their instructions must be followed at all times.
The Cathedral reserves the right to refuse any visitor admittance to the tour if any of the above criteria are not met.
Any visitor found not to be following the instructions of the guide, displaying rude or aggressive behaviour and/or endangering the tour safety will be escorted from the tour immediately.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
We hope that you enjoy the tour!