ST BARTHOLOMEW'S, TONG
Information for Guided Groups and Bookings
Please note: conducted tours of the church are only available during British Summer Time.
Guided tours are therefore not available after October 31st in 2021.
Also, due to Covid restrictions the number of people on each tour is limited to 6 to enable social distancing measures to be adhered to.
Take a conducted tour of our famous, beautiful church.
This ancient building was dedicated in 1410, and is held to be one of the finest examples of a church built in perpendicular style in the country. The tour lasts for about an hour, during which time you will see the famous Golden Chapel; our unique collection of magnificent medieval tombs and carved effigies. You can explore our historical links with Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and not forgetting little Nell!
And, not for the faint hearted, try a tour of the tower. You will see one of the largest bells in the country! Nowadays, due to Health and Safety concerns regarding the very worn spiral steps and extremely limited space we only let visitors up the tower at their own risk and make them sign a disclaimer, but Bell ringing enthusiasts are often still keen to visit.
Saturday tours (11:00 on the first Saturday of each month) are now running again, subject to Covid restrictions of 6, socially distanced participants..
Wheelchairs can get into the church and there is a ramp to access the chancel. There is a wheelchair ramp into the village hall.
Costs (payable on the day):
- Tour only £5.00 per person
- Tour with Lunch (2 courses & Tea/Coffee) £12.00 per person
- Tour with Afternoon Tea £10.00 per person
- Tour with Supper (2 courses & Tea/Coffee) £12.00 per person
We can also provide refreshments if your group wishes to visit our church without a guide as follows:
- Lunch/Supper (2 courses & Tea/Coffee) £7.00 per person
- Afternoon Tea £5.00 per person
- Tea and Coffee with Biscuits £1.50 per person
Please contact Mrs Christine Deane on 01902 741356 with any queries