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Octagon Tower Tours

27 January 2022 - 29 January 2022


Please note: We currently have a temporary arrangement in place for our Octagon Tower Tours during January, we will return to our normal tour terms when it is considered safe to do so.

Marvel at the Octagon tower and lantern. Acknowledged as one of the wonders of medieval engineering, this incredible structure, suspended high over the centre of the Cathedral, was completed in 1342 and is considered the jewel in the Cathedral crown.

The fascinating tour over 170 steps with an experienced guide, takes you behind the scenes of the lantern, discovers its fascinating history and opens up the angel doors so you can peer down into the Cathedral.

The brave can then go up onto the roof of the tower to see stunning views over Ely and the surrounding countryside (weather permitting).

This unique experience takes approximately 1 hour and requires a certain level of fitness and mobility.

Days and Times:
Monday - Saturday, 10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm & 2.45pm

Tickets: Flat fee of ÂŁ75 for groups between 2 - 6 people (We cannot accept children under 10 on this tour).
Includes admission to the Cathedral (no separate Visitor ticket required)

The Octagon Tower at Ely Cathedral

Tour groups remain small with between 2 and 6 people taking part and all adhering to the Cathedral's guidelines on social distancing.

Wearing a mask is mandatory (unless exempt) and we ask that you please take a lateral flow test before arrival.

(Tickets must be pre-booked on line the day before your visit and all participants must have read the Terms and Conditions prior to arrival. This tour may not be suitable for everyone).

Please meet your guide in the North Transept of the Cathedral, 10 minutes before your tour is due to start, as the tour starts promptly. Our guide will be wearing a face mask.