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NEWCASTLE CATHEDRAL
A BEACON OF LIGHT

  • OPENING TIMES

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
  • FREE ENTRY

Opening times

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
  • FREE ENTRY

Bell ringing

Newcastle Cathedral boasts a rich tradition of bell ringing spanning centuries, with records tracing back to the construction of our iconic Lantern Tower in the mid-15th century. The oldest bell, Michael, dates from this period and is rung out on occasions of national mourning or rejoicing, a testament to its historical significance.

By the middle of the 18th century, the renowned local historian Henry Bourne said the bells “have a bold and noble sound, yet an exceedingly sweet and harmonious one.” There are 14 full-circle ringing bells, plus the ‘Major’, a swing chiming bell weighing nearly 6 tonnes. Each bell has its own unique story to tell.

Today, the dedicated volunteers of the Newcastle Guild, part of the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Association of Change Ringers, uphold the tradition.

This video about the history of our Lantern Tower includes a look inside the Ringing Room, the Cathedral’s bell-ringing chamber.

Please note: Bell ringing is unfortunately currently suspended due to ongoing conservation work on our Lantern Tower.

A Bellringer’s Guide

Explore in-depth historical information about our bells and discover opportunities to get involved in bell ringing via the Bells of the North-East of England website.

Find out more