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Leaning Tower of Derby

Cathedral Tower Tours are back!

Climb the 189 steps and see Derby like never before from the top of Derby Cathedral’s 212-foot high Tudor tower. See the Smith of Derby carillon play its midday tune on the oldest working set of ten bells in the world and explore the history of the second highest bell tower in the UK!

Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from Derby Live Box Office; available online here, by telephone 01332 255800, or in person.

Capacity limited to 15 each session. Tickets will be on sale two weeks prior to the tour date. Tickets include a free drink when purchasing a slice of cake or a scone in Derby Cathedral Bookshop. Tours are led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tower historians.

The 2018 programme:

Saturday 2nd June - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 7th July - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 4th August - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 1st September - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 6th October - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 3rd November - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm

Saturday 1st December - 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm 


Tuesday 5th June 2018, 7.30pm – Free

A world-renowned scientist-theologian, Tom McLeish published Faith & Wisdom in Science in 2014. Tom is Professor of Physics at Durham University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. We are delighted to welcome him to Derby for the inaugural annual ‘Faith in Science Lecture’, building upon the success of 2017’s programme exploring the relationship between science and theology.

Saturday 16th June 2018, 3.00pm

A service for all who have suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

All are welcome, and if you require further information please see the Saying Goodbye website


Saturday 23rd June

All singers are invited to join Derby Cathedral's Voluntary Choir for an open rehearsal and performance of Maurice Duruflé’s sublime setting of the Requiem mass, in the wonderful acoustic of Derby Cathedral and with Hugh Morris accompanying on the exciting and colourful Compton Organ. The Choir’s new director, Edward Turner, will conduct the work, beginning at 10.00am with registration and workshops, culminating in an afternoon performance at 4.00pm. Admission is just £15 (£10 for under 18s) to include score hire if necessary. Lunch will not be provided, but the Cathedral Café will be open. Entrance to the performance will be free, with retiring collection. It is essential that you register for this event as places are limited.

Tickets are available from Derby LIVE (, by emailing, or telephoning 01332 202231.

Saturday 7th July 2018, 7.30pm

 The Derwent Singers celebrate their 50th season with a spectacular evening of Baroque music. The Derwent Singers are pleased to be accompanied for this concert by a period Baroque ensemble led by Nicolette Moonen.

The programme will include Handel's 'Dixit Dominus', Bach's 'Singet Dem Herrn', plus the vibrant colour of the Latin American Baroque.

Reserved tickets: £20, £30
Unreserved tickets: £5, £10, £16. 

For more information on how to buy tickets please see the Derwent Singers Website



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Derby Cathedral
Centre 18-19 Iron Gate, 

Cathedral Office: 01332 341201

Cathedral Bookshop & Café : 01332 227660


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