Norman Tower Bells - Heritage Open Days

Norman Tower Bells – Heritage Open Days

September 10, 2022 September 15, 2022
St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Join us for a Heritage Open Day at the Norman Tower where this 45-minute visit will include a demonstration of bellringing and a brief history of the Norman Tower, the bells and the art of bellringing.


The Norman Tower was previously the main gateway to the Abbey.  The Norman Tower is detached from the cathedral and was built between 1120 and 1148 and is one of the oldest Norman buildings in the UK and one of the most complete Norman buildings in England.


A peal of 12 bells are located in the Norman Tower. The original ten bells were cast in 1785 by Thomas Osborn of Downham Market. In 1973 the bells were rehung in an iron frame at a lower level in the tower. Following a public appeal, a further two bells were added at Easter 2012. A thirteenth bell was added in 2013 which allows beginners to practice with a full octave, without having to use the three heaviest bells. The bells are rung on Sundays before the morning and evening services, and also for weddings and other special occasions


Saturday 10 September

9.45 am; 10.45 am; 11.45 am; 1.30 pm; 2.30 pm; 3.30 pm

maximum group size is 16


15 September

Open house from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.


Other terms and conditions The visit does not include going to the top of the Tower. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. This is not suitable for children under the age of 8. No dogs


Pre-booking required. Book here.

Norman Tower Bells - Heritage Open Days