Several hundred years of history will come to life during Hereford Cathedral’s special guided tours of the College Cloisters this summer.

The 'It’s a Vicar’s Life Tour' offers visitors a living history of the lives and exploits of some of the historical characters who have lived and worked in the Cathedral since the middle ages. The tour takes visitors through the Cloisters, which aren't usually open to the public. This exclusive access to the Cloisters means that visitors can see the fifteenth century accommodation originally built for the cathedral’s vicars choral – priests specially employed to sing at services. 

Peter Challenger, Visits and Volunteers Administrator said: "The It's A Vicar's Life Tour is a fun addition to our regular programme of tours. It gives a real flavour of the people that have lived in the cathedral throughout the centuries and gives visitors the opportunity to explore areas of the cathedral that they may have not seen before."

During the tour, visitors will have a living history experience like no other as they interact with characters such as James Reed, a seventeenth-century vicar choral, Nelly Pearce, a college laundry maid and Bishop Richard Mayew who died in 1516 and is buried at the Cathedral. The tour ends with a glass of beer or apple juice.

It's a Vicar's Life tours will take place at 4.15pm on the following dates; Wednesday 8, Wednesday 15, Tuesday 21, Tuesday 28 August and Tuesday 4 September.

Due to the popular nature of this event, it is advised that tickets are booked in advance. Tickets are £5 and are available from the Cathedral Shop or call 01432 374210.