Friday June 14th the Cathedral is only open for private prayer due to an event

Highlights Tour

The burial place of two queens, a unique Nave ceiling and a mysterious Saxon treasure are just some of the fascinating features to discover on one of our 60-minute Highlight Tours.

Highlights Tour

This ground level route around the Cathedral explores the key features of the building's history and architecture. Peterborough Abbey, which became a Cathedral in 1541, has been at the centre of national and international events for over 900 years. It has been an influential medieval monastery and a royal burial place, survived major damage during the Civil War and enjoyed a period of restoration and rediscovery of its Anglo-Saxon origins in the 19th century. A Highlights Tour will introduce you to these stories and more as you explore the building with a knowledgeable guide.The Cathedral always provides something new to spot on every visit, but features to look out for include:

  • The Romanesque arches of the Nave and the unique painted wooden 13th Century ceiling

  • The tomb of Queen Katharine of Aragon and the original burial place of Mary Queen of Scots

    Visitors on a tour of Peterborough Cathedral. Click to book a Highlights Tour
  • The marvellous fan vaulting of the late fifteenth century 'New Building'

  • The intriguing early 9th Century Saxon sculpture known as the 'Hedda Stone'

The Highlights Tour costs £5 per person (no age restriction) and lasts approximately 1 hour. Please note our ticket terms and conditions before you book. Groups of 10+ - please book via our Group Visits page

*It is also possible to book a bespoke private tour on a different date or time (minimum charge applies). Contact us via email

If you want to know more about the history of Peterborough Cathedral, you may like to read our Tales from Tour Guides Blog, written during lockdown.

Other tours:

Upper Levels & Tower Tour

Highlights Tour gallery

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