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Behind The Scenes Tours

Put on hard hats and take a sneak peek at the historic floor as it is saved from collapse and its 891 memorial stones are conserved. Our Behind the Scenes tours will visit parts of the Abbey that are usually off limits to members of the public, and thanks to our experienced guides, will discover just why there are so many memorial stones on the Abbey floor, why the floor is collapsing, and the complex work carried out to repair the floor as part of our Footprint Project, as well as some of the things the team of archaeologists have found out along the way. 

Tours will begin on Monday 22 October and will take place every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am. Tours last about 1hr 15 mins.

Adults £10 (suitable for ages 16+), free for Discovery Card holders
Tickets can be purchased from the Abbey Shop up to 2 days in advance.

Hard hats, hi-vis jackets, and steel toe cap boots will be provided. Due to the nature of the route that the tour takes, it is not fully accessible. If you would like to find out more, please give us a call on 01225422462 and we would be happy to discuss in more detail about how we may accomodate your access needs.


  • Monday 10 December - Full tour
  • Tuesday 11 December - Full tour
  • Wednesday 12 December - No tour available
  • Friday 14 December - Full tour

Please note Behind the Scene Tours will not be running from 15 December 2018 to mid January 2019

We are sorry but the above Limited access Behind-the-Scenes tours are currently not offering full access behind the hoardings. There will be building work taking place that requires the East end of the church to be cleared. Visitors will still be able to find out about and access other areas where essential repairs and conservation work is being carried out. For tours with limited access, we are offering tickets at a reduced price of £7.

Unless stated, tours will follow their usual complete route; please check in advance via our website or with a member of staff if you are unsure.