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Southwell Minster

Southwell MinsterBishops Drive
NG25 0JP
Telephone: 01636 812649


Southwell Minster with its majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th century chapter house is one of the under-discovered jewels in the crown of Nottinghamshire and a great little stop to get the kids' imaginations going.

It's what you wish to make of it, but a valuable stop whether taken as educational, religious or whimsical.

You can catch a musical interlude at regular occasions featuring one of their 3 musical troops: The Minster Chorale, The Minster Girls’ Choir and The Cathedral Choir, which together form the Minster Music Foundation.

New this year is the Full Day Tour, consisting of Introductory Video (half hour); Minster inside Tour (hour and a quarter); Minster External Tour (1 hour); and a State Chamber and Gardens Tour (3 quarters of an hour). Ideal for older types or those wanting an in depth experience of this most beauteous of buildings.

Shorter general Tours of Southwell Minster, with a trained Steward, can be pre-booked via Mrs Nikki Smith in the Minster Office. If a number of visitors are coming informally and do not wish a guide, they still urge you to contact Mrs Smith to make sure there is no event, or rehearsal, in the Minster that might clash with and detract from your planned visit. An excellent audio tour is available for individual visitors to hire from the information desk.

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It may be worth checking out Southwell Minster's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Southwell Minster before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:

Open daily.

8am - 7pm in summer (March - October BST)

8am - dusk in winter

Archbishop's Palace closed 2nd - 4th of September and 12th of December from 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Prices & Admission

2015 Prices:
Donations warmly welcomed.


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Southwell MinsterBishops Drive
NG25 0JP
Telephone: 01636 812649