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Cathedral library opens to the public

Posted By : Marie Thomas Wednesday 31st August 2016

The Cathedral opened its 15th century library to individuals and small groups this September as part of its commitment to making its precious collections more accessible to the public. The new Library Tours will take place in the early afternoon followed by a delicious cream tea in the Cathedral’s Refectory restaurant.


The Library, which is situated above the Cloisters, contains over 10,000 books dating as far back as far as 9th Century. It is accessed via a small winding staircase made up of 37 steps. During the tour a Cathedral expert will show visitors a range of books, specially selected to demonstrate the importance and variety of this unique collection. A facsimile of the Cathedral’s 1215 Magna Carta that is almost indistinguishable in appearance from the original can be made available on request, allowing visitors to study the detail of this remarkable document close up.


Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes.


Individual Library tours start at 14.00 followed by cream tea in the Refectory Restaurant at 15.00 and cost £22 per person. They can be booked online. View dates here


A limited number of group tours (maximum 12 people) are also available but must be pre-booked with Hannah Paye, Visitor Co-ordinator on 01722 555120 or by email


For any other enquiries contact Marie Thomas on 01722 555148