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Octagon Tower Tours

11 August 2022 - 30 September 2022


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.

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: £10 for adults (in addition to your visitor ticket). We cannot accept children under 10 on this tour.

Tickets must be pre-booked on line an hour before your visit and all participants must have read the Terms and Conditions prior to arrival. This tour may not be suitable for everyone. There is a maximum of 10 places on each tour.

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.

The Octagon Tower at Ely Cathedral