Visit one of England’s finest Norman cathedrals where Henry VIII’s former wife Catherine of Aragon was buried in 1536. Her grave can still be seen here and is still honoured by visitors who decorate it with flowers and pomegranates, the latter being Catherine’s symbol. The Queen is also known as ‘Katherine’.
Mary Queen of Scots was also buried at this church but was re-buried in Westminster in 1612, however, her empty grave can be seen in the North Aisle near the High Altar in the cathedral.
As you walk around, look up and see an original hand-painted wooden ceiling dating around 1230-1250 – it is the only one of its type that has survived in Britain. See the magnificently carved wooden stalls and the Hedda stone which was carved over 1,200 years ago.
There is so much to see in this tranquil place of worship that a visit here is a must.
Facilities: Guided tours provide a fascinating insight into the history of the building. The key points are of religious, architectural and historical interest, and many stories and legends associated with the Cathedral. Tours last about 60-75 minutes and are held at scheduled times on most days throughout the year.
You can also pre-book group tours if you have a group that would like to take a tour together; the cathedral also provides a package that includes refreshments ranging from tea and coffee to a buffet lunch. For more information or to book a group tour please contact the Cathedral.
Opening Times: Open 364 days a year (closed on Boxing Day).
Monday to Friday 9am-5.15pm
Costs: Free entrance but donations are welcomed.