As part of our visit to Derby (sponsored by Visit Derby), we visited the impressive Derby Cathedral and were able to climb the 189 steps to the top of the tower. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking and this tour is definitely worth doing when visiting Derby. Read on to find out more about Derby Cathedral tower tours.
Where is Derby Cathedral located?
The Cathedral Church of All Saints Derby, better known as Derby Cathedral, was promoted from parish church to cathedral status in 1927. Located right in the centre of Derby within the aptly named Cathedral quarter on Iron Gate, Derby Cathedral is a lively place of worship with regular services, in person and live-streamed, involving its flourishing Cathedral choir.
What do you get to see on the Derby Cathedral tower tour?
As one of the tallest church towers in England, standing at 212 feet, the Derby Cathedral tower tour is a must-do for anyone visiting the city.
The tower is accessed by a locked door inside the cathedral foyer and immediately you are faced with 189 stone steps that spiral to the top.
Along the way you can visit the Carillion (the mechanical instrument which drives the tunes played upon the Cathedral’s bells each day) and the Ringing Room where a committed band of volunteers ring the cathedral bells on a Tuesday evening and Sunday.
Can children climb Derby Cathedral tower?
Children aged 8+ can climb Derby Cathedral tower as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The steps are rather steep and can become very narrow as you reach the summit, so it may be difficult for younger children to accomplish.
How much do tickets cost?
Tickets are priced at £8 adult (£4 concessions.)
Booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.
Anything else you need to know?
Derby Cathedral tower tours usually only happen during the summer months, so please check before travelling that you’ll be able to take part.
It’s also worth noting that it gets extremely chilly on the roof, especially during the early summer, so be sure to take something warm with you!
The steps are rather steep and are not the faint hearted – especially when you are coming down!