Our Lady’s Cathedral – Guided visits

The guided tours are provided by the TOPA guides (PAstoral service for TOurists),whose motto is:

“To look at art: more than just an instant glance”

Individual visits (free)

Guides available in six languages: EN FR DE EN IT ES.
Days and hours depending on the availability of the guides.

Our Lady’s Cathedral of Antwerp: guided tours in English

The reopening of the churches for ordinary and tourist visits will be dealt with by the pastors and the chairpersons of the church factories of the 5 respective tourist churches in their own appropriate way. In any case, group visits are excluded.

For the specific arrangements, please consult the websites of the individual churches.

Group visits

The specialised TOPA guides are more than willing – if possible – to cater for any specific needs or interests of your group. Also possible after closing hours. Groups of maximum 20 persons per guide.

Booking: Three weeks ahead please
Cathedral information desk
Phone: +2 (0)3 213 99 51
E-mail: info@dekathedraal.be

Tours available to groups in the Cathedral

Discovering the cathedral

For centuries Our Lady’s Cathedral has been welcoming visitors from all corners of the world. The largest cathedral in the Low Countries is not only a great treasury but also a home for a living church community. We will be pleased to accompany you on your quest past P.P. Rubens and tens of less known artists, who created their masterpieces for people who feel at home in this House of God.

Be surprised by the beauty and the powerful stories that it hides. Many things are not as they seem…

Duration: 1h30 to 2h00
Price: € 6.00;  inhabitants of the Province of Antwerp: free
Guide: € 85.00

From the big garden to the small tower

A garden 16 ft. above street level and in the heart of Antwerp… For long this was a well-kept secret. How did it end up there and what is the relation between this garden and the unfinished cathedral tower? From this tower you can see Antwerp the way you never saw the city and the river Scheldt. You will also explore a number of hidden spots “behind the screens” and admire the age-old craftsmanship of roof carpenters and builders of vaultings and towers.

Duration: 2h00
Price: € 10.00
Guide: € 85.00

Beneath and above the vaultings

For centuries the vaultings of the cathedral have been a stone tent giving shelter to hosts of works of art. We discover a few highlights with you and take you to the attic of the central nave. Beneath age-old beams the vaultings are even more spectacular. We climb the “small tower” (which is less small than you would think), see an age-old treadwheel crane and enjoy a sensational view over the city and its river.

Duration: 2h00
Price: € 10.00
Guide: € 85.00

Stunning statues (from Mosan Madonna to Fabre, from The Woman who carries the Child to The Man who carries the Cross)

Woodcutters, sculptors and bronze casters… Since the Middle Ages they have been confronting us with three-dimensional works of art: tender, astonishing, confronting, puzzling, never noncommittal. Oak and stone come to life. However cool the marble may be, it will not leave you cold. The polished bronze may even reflect a part of yourself.

Duration: 1h30 to 2h00
Price: € 6.00;  inhabitants of the Province of Antwerp: free
Guide: € 85.00