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Climbing the Tower

***The tower is now open to visitors.***

Now that the repairs and upgrades have been be completed we are able to  able to open the tower  to visitors so they can experience the 360 degree views which extend up and down the coastline and across the entire city including the bustling harbour.

  • Entrance is by Donation of $10.00 per person, payable at the Cathedral Shop.
    – there are no discounts for families, children or groups
  • Times:
    Monday to Saturday First climb 10.15 am Last climb 3.15 pm
    Please note that on weekdays a bell is rung at midday
    Sunday      First climb 11.15 am Last climb 4.15 pm
  • The tower is CLOSED during church services, concerts and other cathedral events and may be closed in adverse weather conditions. It is not recommended for children younger than 8 to climb the tower. Unaccompanied children are not permitted to climb.

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7.00am Eucharist
Presider: The Dean
Preacher: Canon Julia Perry
8.00am Eucharist
Presider: The Dean
Preacher: Canon Julia Perry
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Presider: The Dean
Preacher: Canon Julia Perry
6.00pm Order of St John Service
Officiant: The Dean
Preacher: Bishop Peter Stuart


The Acting-Bishop of Newcastle, Dr Peter Stuart, is delighted to advise that the Reverend Canon Katherine Bowyer has been elected to be the next Dean of Newcastle.

Canon Katherine Bowyer

Canon Katherine Bowyer

Bishop Stuart said, ‘Katherine will be the first woman Dean for Christ Church Cathedral and she is the first person born in the Diocese to become the Dean.

‘I was delighted when the Cathedral Chapter unanimously accepted my proposal that Katherine be the Dean. She is a highly experienced priest who loves the Cathedral, its music and its many ministries,’ Bishop Stuart said.

Canon Bowyer’s recent ministries have been as the Rector of Cardiff and the Director of Formation where she has been responsible for training future priests.

‘Katherine is a terrific preacher who has immense pastoral and liturgical gifts. She has contributed greatly to diocesan governance. In her various ministries she has worked to promote a healthy diocesan culture,’ Bishop Stuart said.

Canon Bowyer said of her appointment, ‘I was completely surprised and humbled when Bishop Peter rang me and asked me to take on this new role.’

‘The Cathedral is iconic for the City of Newcastle. It has an important contribution to make to the City and to the Diocese. I am looking forward to joining in the Cathedral partnership with Newcastle Grammar School. I am excited about working with the Cathedral Board in ensuring the Cathedral has the physical and financial resources it needs for its work,’ Canon Bowyer said.

‘The people of the Cathedral are committed to facing the past and shaping a healthy future. I know that Dean Stephen Williams and a great team have exercised a wonderful ministry in ensuring the Cathedral is a safe, welcoming place for all. I look forward to joining with the Cathedral community in this work,’ Canon Bowyer said.

Fr Stephen Williams will conclude his ministry in August before retiring in October. Canon Bowyer will begin her ministry at the Cathedral with a commissioning service at 7pm on Wednesday 4 October 2017.