Heritage Open Days - Tower Tour

  • September 17, 2023
  • Portsmouth Cathedral - Unreserved

    High Street
    Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2HA
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If you've ever wondered what it is like up our bell tower, tours will be available between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 17 September. Please note that restrictions will apply. 


The route up the Tower to the Dome Room consists of the following levels and potential hazards: 

  • 35 steps to the Organ Gallery with fixed handrail,
  • 41 spiral stone steps from the Organ Gallery to the Ringing Chamber with a hand rope,
  • 19 to the Clock Room without handrail
  • Access to the Belfry is via a narrow door and angled wooden ladder with approximately 10 steps directly from the clock room
  • 4 steep wooden stairs with a hand rail on both sides,
  • Hatch with low beam next to it
  • Narrow platform leads to a metal ladder of 11 rungs, protruding wooden beam at head level and with further narrow hatch above
  • Wooden ladder with 19 steps and handrail on right 

The tour is not suitable for those with fear of confined spaces, height or with mobility or breathing or other related health issues.

The stairs are narrow and it is essential you wear suitable clothing and footwear, to minimise risk of any accident caused while in this restricted non-public area which could arise due to the historical nature of the building. 

Only small items can be carried, larger items must be left at ground level.  Both hands should be kept free from the Organ Gallery upwards.

The instructions of our team must be followed at all times and anyone not following their instruction will be escorted back to the ground floor level.

The spaces in the tower are restricted space with equipment mounted on the floor around which care must be taken.  The clock and bell mechanisms and apparatus should not be touched. No access to the exterior of the tower is permitted.

The Cathedral  have taken every reasonable step to ensure safety and a full risk assessment is in place which can be viewed on request.

Please note a declaration must be signed before the tour.

Date & Time

Sep 17, 2023 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Venue Details

Portsmouth Cathedral - Unreserved

High Street
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2HA Portsmouth Cathedral - Unreserved
Portsmouth Cathedral