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Lichfield Cathedral launches tower tours at Easter

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

By Alison Thomas

Lichfield Cathedral launches tower tours at Easter

The view from the Great Central Tower at Lichfield Cathedral

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Tower tours are back at Lichfield Cathedral for anyone with a head for heights.

The Great Central Tower at the cathedral is opening to the public from Easter Monday, April 21 for the first time since 2010.

The tour includes a a spectacular birds-eye view of the city of Lichfield and beyond, plus a visit to the interactive Tower Education Zone half way up the Central Tower.

The education zone features the chance to learn about the design and architecture of the building, its location, geography and history from Anglo-Saxon times, through the Middle Ages right up to the present day.

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Of particular interest is the cathedral's role during the English Civil War. Lichfield is the only cathedral in the country to have had a moat. The outline of the moat and other fortifications can be seen from the top of the tower.

Anthony Moore, Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral commented: "We are absolutely delighted to be re-opening the Great Central Tower of the Cathedral. We hope that our many visitors will enjoy the Gothic white-knuckle experience of climbing the medieval tower and standing under the famous Spire while enjoying the spectacular views of the city and surrounding countryside."

Each Tower Tour lasts approximately an hour and a half. Tickets are £6.50 for adults, while family tickets are £20 for two adults and two children.

The ticket price also includes a free tea or coffee at Chapters cafe plus a 10 per cent discount on purchases at the Cathedral Shop on the day of the tour.

After Easter Monday, tours will take place every Saturday from April 26 to October 25 at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm.

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