CQ Saturdays Towers, Tunnels and Tales Tour Returns

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter has re-launched its popular tours of the area as part of the CQ Saturdays programme of events following the completion of refurbishment work at Derby Cathedral. The CQ Saturdays Towers, Tunnels and Tales tour was postponed during last year’s £670,000 refurbishment programme at the Cathedral. It will be re-launched next month with the first tour held on Saturday February 6 and then the first Saturday of the month throughout the year.

The tours, led by renowned historian Richard Felix will start 3pm and last two hours. Visitors start the tour by climbing the 189 steps to the top of the Cathedral Tower, which is the second tallest in England, to see spectacular views of the city and beyond.  The afternoon continues with a guided walk around the Cathedral Quarter – learning fascinating facts about the key landmarks and people from past centuries. Richard then takes visitors underneath the Market Place to explore the hidden tunnels and hear stories about how they were previously used and the ghostly sightings that have been witnessed over the centuries. Linda Aston, a member of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group who has helped to organise the tours, explained: “The tours have been extremely popular with local people and visitors alike and we are delighted that they are being re-introduced following the refurbishment of the Cathedral.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding counties and then delve into the depths of Derby’s history below ground.”
2016 dates for CQ Saturdays – Towers, Tunnels and Tales are: February 6; March 5; April 2; May 7; June 4; July 2; August 6; September 3; October 1, November 5 and December 3.

Tickets cost £15 per person and must be pre-booked either in person, by telephone or email from The Mecca in the Market Hall (Tel: 01332 381076; themecca72@aol.com), The Cathedral Café in Iron Gate Tel: 01332 241201 visitors@derbycathedral.org  or the Tourist Information Centre (booking fee applicable) in the Market Place (Tel: 01332 255766; tourism@derby.gov.uk).

Information about all the events in the Cathedral Quarter are available at www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk; on Twitter @DerbyCQ and Facebook CathedralQuarterDerby

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