Firstly, it is expensive to get in. Scarily so, if you have a family. Although despite what some reviews say, it is free to enter for the purposes of religious worship, although don’t think about doing this to avoid the fee – you’ll be shown to one of the quieter chapels, not allowed to take photos or look at the exhibits etc.
If you do decide to stump up the entrance fee, I would go for the annual membership if you can, because there is so much to see. The tours are all excellent (especially into the catacombs and the Antony Gormley sculpture) and very worthwhile. Some of the stories associated with the Cathedral are fantastic. Also, an excellent gift shop (which you can visit without having to pay the entry fee).
I would recommend taking an al fresco lunch in the Cathedral Close (weather permitting), before walking around the exterior of the Cathedral, then go inside. Oh, and for the American visitors; yes it is nearly a thousand years old. I realise that is indeed a long time ago, but please stop shouting to each other about it when inside.
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