There are 42 Anglican cathedrals in England, six in Wales and one in the Isle of Man, with degrees of captivation and beauty in every one. They are the best, and biggest, pieces of working art we have. This original book will appeal to the curious tourist with a penchant for cathedrals, or anyone who wants a good read. It could serve as an off-beat guide to cathedral hopping. Through tours all over the country, with companions, the author writes with passion and wit of what is special about the buildings, introducing topics of the past and present. Among others he meets bishops and deans, contraltos and cleaners, organists and organ builders. The trek is sometimes combined with other enjoyment, from refectory to pub, from stage to pitch. The remit extends to an occasional abbey or church in the course of the tour, a Roman Catholic foray or two, even a quarry. Appendices are included giving intriguing information, some bizarre, such as a survey of cathedral cats and league tables of favourite cathedrals.