Heritage Open Days 2023


The 'Restoring Pugin' project will be the focus of this year's Heritage Open Days at Nottingham Cathedral.

Tours, talks, family art workshops and an exhibition will form the Cathedral’s offering for this year’s Heritage Open Days, to be held between 8th-16th September. There will be a special emphasis on the Cathedral’s early decorative schemes, it will also be an opportunity to share more about our ‘Restoring Pugin’ Project. Funded so generously by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project seeks to uncover and restore Pugin’s original decorative scheme to the Eastern chapels and ambulatories. You can read more about this project here.

The Cathedral will be open during its normal hours, subject to Cathedral services and special events. Materials will be available for people to conduct self-guided tours. On selected days guided tours will include the crypt, not normally open to the public, and a small exhibition of the cathedral’s treasures, together with short pop up talks presenting the cathedral’s art, architecture, music and stained glass. There will also be family art workshops held in the Cathedral Hall on Saturdays during this time.

Opening Times

The Cathedral is open daily between 0800-1800.

Materials will be available for those who wish to conduct a self guided tour during these time. 

Guided Tours and Talks

For details about talk topics and tours, please see our events page. 

Friday 8 September: Tours 1500-1600

Saturday 9 September: Tours & Talks 1200-1630 

Sunday 10 September: Tours: 1400-1630

Wednesday 13 September: Tours 1400-1630 

Thursday 14 September: Tours 1400-1800, Talks 1600

Friday 15 September: Tours 1400-1630 

Saturday 16 September: Tours & Talks 1200-1630 

Family Art Workshops

For details about these activities, including provision for those families with additional needs, please see our events page.

Saturday 9 September: 1130-1500

Saturday 16 September 1130-1500


No Booking Necessary.

Tours take 45 minutes- 1 hour. It should be noted that for safety reasons, between tours, the crypt will be kept locked. We can only up this up for individual visitors if sufficient stewards are available.

These activities have been made possible thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.