VISITORS to Durham Cathedral will have the chance to see a new view as one of its towers is opened for the first time.

The north west tower is being opened to anyone fit enough to climb the 137 steps. 

The central tower is still closed because of a major conservation project, which is not due to be completed until later in the year.

The tour of the north west tower will give visitors the chance to see the roof, masonry and central tower up close.

Trips will run on Fridays and Saturdays at various times throughout the day.

People are asked to contact the visitor desk in advance to check availability, either in person or by calling 0191 338 7178.

It costs £5 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £2.50 for children over the age of eight.

Children under the age of eight are not allowed to climb the tower.

Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear and should note that smoking and large bags are not allowed.