Visit St Edmundsbury Cathedral

3rd April 2017

It stands, once said HRH Prince of Wales, as a “spiritual beacon for the new Millennium” and can be seen for miles around.

The tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral is arguably the town’s best known landmark and the new season of tours to the top of it is now underway.

And even if you have been a ground floor visitor to this most impressive of buildings, you may want to get a while new view from on high.

Completed in 2005, Prince Charles was patron of the tower project and the brief for the tower was a simple one – for it to be constructed using traditional methods and materials which would last over 1,000 years.

At 170ft high, the tower keeps a watchful eye over the town of Bury St Edmunds and is a new addition to this church, Suffolk’s Cathedral which welcomes around 90,000 visitors a year.

The 202 steps to the top are worth the climb to see the world from the highest public accessible point in the town.

Knowledgeable, friendly guides are ready to impart fascinating facts as you make you journey to the top of the tower.

It’s not a mad rush to the top, it’s done in stages, stopping off to admire the building from ever changing views as you make your way higher.

And once you reach the summit, it’s a view to be photographed so don’t forget cameras and phones to mark the fact that you’ve made it to the top!

Back at ground level why not refresh yourselves in the cathedral’s Pilgrims’ Kitchen café which offers freshly prepared hot and cold lunches, cakes and Fairtrade refreshments along with free Wi-Fi.

And spend some time in the church itself, admire the stunning stained glass and donate £1 to lay a brick on the model of the cathedral being built out of 200,000 LEGO ® bricks.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral tower tours run from Wednesday to Sunday and last about 90 minutes and cost £10 per person.

Bookings can be made via the cathedral website at www.stedscathedral.co.uk . Group bookings are advised to contact [email protected]