Heritage Open Day – take a free tour of the Chapter House

After being closed for over a year whilst undergoing significant conservation work (thanks to a £2.2m National Lottery Heritage Funded project), we are delighted that the Chapter House, home to The Leaves of Southwell, will soon be open again. As part of Heritage Open Day, we are offering FREE tours of the Chapter House so you can see The Leaves in all their exquisite glory.

The fluid carvings of plants, animals and ‘green men’ found within the Chapter House – known collectively as The Leaves of Southwell – are of quite exceptional quality. Regarded as the best example of 13th century naturalistic carving in the United Kingdom, and indeed Europe, they are of significant global importance.

Tours will last approximately 45 minutes.

Tour times:
11am –  fully booked
12pm – fully booked
2pm – fully booked
3pm – fully booked

Please book places on a tour using the form below. Bookings will close on Friday 10 September at 10am.

Each tour is limited to a maximum of 15 people. If the tour is sold out, it won’t appear on the booking form.

Please let us know when booking if you have any access requirements.

Please arrive at the Welcome Desk just inside the North Door 10 minutes prior to the start time of the tour in order to check-in. This will help ensure we can make a prompt start. Thank you.

Whilst the tours are free, donations are of course welcome if you’d like to, and can be made by filling out the form below the booking form at the bottom of this page. Thank you




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