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Cathedral tours to open up hidden areas to the public

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is taking part in the annual Heritage Open days in September by opening two spaces which are not usually open to the public. 

The Ancient Library will be open for 30 minute long tours on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September.

This is a rare opportunity to see the Cathedral’s fine collection of books on a range of topics, part of the Library dating back to 1595, and to see how they have been conserved. On the Fridays the tours start at 2 pm (5 tours available) and on the Saturdays they begin at 10 am (4 tours available). 

Tickets, which are free of charge, must be pre-booked by going to the Cathedral website  https://stedscathedral.org/events/heritage-open-days-5

The Norman Tower, alongside the Cathedral, will also be open. T45-minute visits are being offered on Saturday 11th September. These will include a demonstration of bellringing and a brief history of the Norman Tower, the bells and the art of bellringing. In addition on Thursday 16th September there will be an open afternoon from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Tickets for the tours must be pre-booked via What’s On West Suffolk.

Sarah Friswell, Visitor Experience Manager said: “Heritage Open Days is a great way for people to get behind the scenes and explore parts of the Cathedral not regularly open to visitors. Last year, we had to go online for these events, so we are pleased to be able to offer these tours in person.”

Please note that both the Ancient Library and Norman Tower are accessed via narrow spiral staircases. No lift access is available due to the historic nature of the buildings.