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Dare You Climb the Tower?

A rare chance to climb the 162 steps to the 15th century Lantern Tower rooftop to see breath-taking views of the city.

Each aspect of the tower reveals a unique story of the heritage and people of Newcastle upon Tyne.

During the climb up, we stop to take a breath at the Cathedral Bell Chamber and hear some of the fascinating stories behind the Cathedral’s history.

This is a challenging tour; enclosed spaces and lots of steps!

You must be physically fit to undertake this tour.

Sensible footwear must be worn and no large bags are permitted on the tour.

New dates coming soon.

Minimum age 13; all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Lantern Tower


Full wheelchair access within the Cathedral. The Cathedral floor is uneven in places and care should be taken. Tower Tours will only be accessible to those of full mobility.

Additional Information

Max 10 people per tour/session. Tours will last approx 90 minutes and pre-booking is required.

Before booking, please ensure you have read the important Health and Safety information below:

  • There are 162 steps to the top of the tower. The steps are uneven in width and height. At the top of the tower it is necessary to bend under the cross-beams of the lantern.
  • The tower is not suitable for anyone frightened by heights or confined spaces.
  • The tower is not suitable if you have a medical condition such as a heart or respiratory disorder which may be exacerbated by climbing stairs.
  • If you feel unwell or uncomfortable at any time you must notify the guide immediately.
  • Pregnant visitors are strongly advised not to climb the tower.
  • Children must be 13 years old or over and all children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No smoking in or at the top of the tower.
  • Suitable footwear is required in the interests of safety. Visitors cannot wear high heels, flip-flops, platforms, backless shoes, ‘heelys’ or have bare or stockinged feet.
  • No food or drink may be taken up the tower.
  • Large bags, including some large handbags, are not permitted.
  • It is advisable to have both hands free for your own safety.
  • Beware that floor length dresses could be a potential tripping hazard.
  • There are no toilet facilities in the tower.
  • There is a rest point half way up the tower, but there is no seating here or at the top.
  • Photography is allowed in the tower.
  • As we do share the space with some resident pigeons, we advise that you refrain from putting your hands near your face and that you wash your hands afterwards, especially before eating.
  • Newcastle Cathedral is not responsible for the loss of or damage to clothing or personal possessions.
  • The Chapter of Newcastle Cathedral reserves the right to refuse entry to the tower at any time.