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Church, next open Wed 26 Apr - Sun 31 Dec 2017, free entry

Chesterfield Crooked Spire Church

Chesterfield Crooked Spire Church



01246 206506


Church of St Mary and All Saints,
Church Way,
S40 1XJ

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 25 - Sat 30 Sep Tower Tours
Sat 18 Nov - Sun 3 Dec A Festival of Christmas Trees


St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It’s the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. The Spire was built straight and the reason that it 'twisted' may be due to the 32 tons of lead tiles that replaced the original wooden shingles – enough to bend anyone’s back!

Daily tours of the Tower to the base of the 'Crooked Spire' take place Monday to Saturday from Easter to Christmas (weather and staff permitting). Tours will be advertised on a yellow notice just inside the Church entrance. This shows the time of departure and the tour takes about 40-45 minutes. In addition, regular tours take place on all summer Bank Holiday Mondays.

The Friends of Chesterfield Parish Church is a charity which helps to care for and preserve the town’s famous ‘Crooked Spire’ Church. To find out more about them, visit their website –

Service Times
Sunday Services
10.30 am Choral Mass
6.30 pm Choral Evensong

Weekday Services
12.15 pm Monday/Friday
9.30 am Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday
5.30 pm Thursday

Morning Prayer daily at 9 am
Evening Prayer daily at 4 pm (5pm Thursday)

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Children welcomeSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Refreshments and toilets in the Saints Parish Centre next door to the Church.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Wed 26 Apr - Sun 31 Dec 2017 Mon - Sat 09:00 to 16:15
Sunday at service times only.
Tower tours Easter to Christmas, Monday to Saturday - check notice inside Church or check website for times.


Free entry

Trip up Spire - Adult £5.00, Child £3.00



See location of Crooked Spire Church on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 384711  Lat: 53.23604 Long: -1.42533

The Crooked Spire Church is in Chesterfield town centre but has no car park of its own so the directions below are to the nearest town centre car parks.

From North/South
Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Multi-storey car park on right hand side.

For surface car parks: at roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right hand lane and go straight on. At traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane), take 1st left then left or right into car parks.

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street), then follow route from North/South for either multi-storey or surface car parks.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Refreshments and toilets in the Saints Parish Centre next door to the Church.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
  • flagstones

  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children


  • Meals for visitors with special dietary requirements can be provided if notified in advance. Wheelchairs can be provided if notified in advance.

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