Tower Tour of Bristol Cathedral

1 hr

Step behind closed doors and climb the soaring tower of Bristol Cathedral on a special guided tour that will take you through 900 years of history and architecture.

Climb the 172 steps of Bristol Cathedral's Tower for a guided tour where you'll learn how the Cathedral has evolved over time and the engineering feats that have made it into the beautiful building you see today.

You will come face to face with some of the finest medieval bells in the world, tales of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and uncover the mysteries of the original 12th-century abbey that once dominated College Green.

This tour involves ascending almost 200 steps up a spiral staircase which is narrow in places, with low-hanging doorways and pipes along the route. To make sure the tour is suitable for you and your group please consult the terms and conditions below.

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Terms and conditions

  • The tour involves climbing roughly 200 steps and lasts up to an hour
  • Tour attendees must be 12 years old or older
  • Babies in back/front carriers are not permitted
  • All 12 to 18-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The tour is not suitable for individuals who are pregnant
  • The tour is not suitable for those who are living with heart disorders, or any other medical or physical condition which may impact their ability to climb Bristol Cathedral tower (including people living with vertigo)
  • Parts of the tour may be conducted on the roof of the Cathedral and may not be suitable for people with a fear of heights
  • Suitable footwear and clothing must be worn, i.e., flat shoes.
  • There are no luggage storage facilities available, so if you cannot carry your bag up the tower then please do not bring it to the Cathedral. You are asked to not bring bags that are larger than a standard backpack
  • All tour participants are required to wear a hardhat for the duration of the tour and hardhats will be provided when you arrive
  • Any behaviour exhibited from individuals that puts themselves or others at unnecessary risk will lead to the immediate termination of the tour and the group will be escorted back to ground level.

All participants will be required to provide a signature to show they have understood and agree to the above terms and conditions when they arrive for the Tower Tour.

Charity number:1204673

Minimum fitness level required.

Age restrictions: 12+

Adult £12
Child (12-18) £8

Available dates

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What people are saying

Ruth Thomas
Sep 2023

Loved the tour, really interesting and great to see the cathedral in a new way. Lots of steps and...

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Laura Hilton
Sep 2023

What a fantastic experience! I expected to climb the tower and enjoy a view of Bristol from the r...

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Mairead Burns
Sep 2023

Excellent tour, really interesting and both hosts were excellent. Christopher's knowledge was ext...

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Robyn Lissimore
Sep 2023

Great tour guide.

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How to get there


  • Toilets
  • WiFi

On the day

  • Please arrive at the Welcome Area inside the Cathedral at least 10 minutes before your chosen tour
  • Please have your confirmation emails ready to show your Tour Guide
  • Your Tour Guide will collect all participant's signatures to confirm they agree to the terms and conditions
  • Please note that once the tour has begun there is no opportunity for a comfort break until you return back to ground level

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 7 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Bristol Cathedral

Standing at the heart of Bristol's vibrant city centre, Bristol Cathedral is one of England's great medieval churches. For almost 900 years it has been a living place of sanctuary, teaching, prayer and music. Events at Bristol Cathedral range from family-friendly Crafty Cathedral sessions to gin tasting and guided tours in the Norman Chapter House, through to large-scale light shows.

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Available dates

Sorry, there are currently no dates available

The good news is that we’re expecting more to be added really soon!

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