Wakefield Cathedral named in Heritage Open Days top ten destinations

Wakefield Cathedral has been named in the top ten inspirational places to visit during the Heritage Open Days this year.


It is one of only three cathedrals and seven churches name-checked on the Explore Churches website by the National Churches Trust set up to promote churches and cathedrals. 


Wakefield Cathedral has been highlighted for its special family-friendly event themed around Extraordinary Women that will run on Saturday, September 15 as part of the Heritage Open Days.


The special event  – designed for families - offers a new trail that will take visitors on a journey to discover some of the extraordinary women in its famous stained glass windows –with themed art and crafts sessions to take home. It is free and drop in is from 11am to 3pm.


This year the Heritage Open Days this year are spread over the two weekends of Sept 6 to 9 and 13 to 16.  


Visitors to Wakefield Cathedral on Saturday, September 15 also have the chance to climb the 170 steps up the tower and see Wakefield from a new perspective.


Each Tower Tour is restricted to a maximum of 16 people. Times include 11am, 12pm and 1pm. You can book your place in the Cathedral on the day. You must be in good health to climb the 170 uneven steps of the medieval spiral staircase and will need to sign a medical disclaimer before taking the Tower Tour.  Sensible shoes must be worn. Not suitable for children under the age of 10. Any children aged 10 to 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


For those preferring terra firma, volunteer tour guide, Richard York will also run guided tours on Saturday 15 – the tours of the public areas are 

fully wheelchair accessible however the crypt is only accessible by a flight of stone stairs.

Richard’s guided tours last between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Times include; 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.15pm.

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