St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk welcome groups keen to explore this site's mix of ancient and modern, with special guided tours on offer.

A former parish church built in the 16th century, it became Suffolk’s cathedral in 1914 following the creation of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and a modern expansion began when Stephen Dykes Bower was appointed architect in 1943. The cathedral’s tower was finished in 2005, and its crowning glory is the stunning vaulted ceiling. Its red, blue, green and gold hues evoke King’s College Chapel ceiling – a building designed by John Wastell, who also began work on the cathedral in 1503 (when it was the parish church of St James).

Going as a group?

  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral offers a full visitor experience for all ages, and the Learning Hub looks after school groups
  • There’s a refectory, Pilgrim’s Kitchen, serving home-cooked meals, and a cathedral shop
  • Guided tours cost just £5 per person
  • To book, email
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