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Join us for our special 'Behind the Library Door' events for half term this week... click here for details.


Free demonstrations

See the world’s oldest clock in action and watch our skilled stonemasons at work.

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Free demonstrations

We regret that given the current situation we have made the difficult decision to suspend all demonstrations until further notice - self-guided leaflets are still available to visitors.

World’s oldest clock

Come and see the world’s oldest working mechanical clock in action! The clock was made of hand-wrought iron in or before 1386 and although it has ticked for centuries, its bell is usually silent.

During these demonstrations an expert guide gives a short talk and releases the striking mechanism so you can hear it ring – just as visitors in medieval times did.

Every Saturday at 10:30 all year round.

Meet our stonemasons

Visit the cloisters and watch our talented stonemasons hard at work - it’s a sight to behold!

These amazing craftspeople use age-old skills to conserve and maintain this stunning building for future generations to enjoy.

Every Wednesday from May – October 2019 between 10:30 - 16:00

Please note that occassionally the cloisters are used for major events and these demonstrations may be cancelled. You can view dates of any changes to our daily routine here.