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  • OPENING TIMES

  • Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    10-21 Sep: open for worship only
  • Saturdays and Bank Holidays
    10-21 Sep: open for worship only
  • FREE ENTRY

Opening times

  • Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    10-21 Sep: open for worship only
  • Saturdays and Bank Holidays
    10-21 Sep: open for worship only
  • FREE ENTRY

The Lantern Tower

History of the Tower

The Lantern Tower has been an unmissable feature of the Newcastle skyline since the Middle Ages. Nearly 60 metres high, the landmark was the tallest structure in Newcastle for hundreds of years and has an elaborate ‘crown spire’ rarely seen outside of Scotland.

For centuries, a blazing beacon shone inside and was one of the main navigation aids for ships sailing up the River Tyne.

The Tower was constructed in 1448, during the reign of Henry VI, paid for by local businesspeople and philanthropists Robert and Alice Rhodes. The couple’s coats of arms are emblazoned on the Cathedral’s 15th century stone font, which stands in the Nave, directly beneath the bell chamber.

According to popular tradition, the structure was almost destroyed by Scottish invaders during the Siege of Newcastle in 1644. However, Newcastle’s quick-thinking mayor, Sir John Marlay, ordered all Scots prisoners into the Tower and saved it from an almighty explosion!

Climb the Tower

In autumn 2021, regular guided tours will give visitors the chance to climb the 162 steps and experience breathtaking views of the city. Sign up to find out initial dates as soon as they’re announced.

Find out more

For those who are unable to access the tour, we will be able to offer a Virtual Lantern Tower Experience. More information about this will follow soon.