Sunday Guided Heritage Tour

1.30pm every Sunday - Meet at the Clock Tower

Take a guided tour of the Arts Centre to learn about its rich history and find out what is planned in the future.

Designed and presented by The Friends of the Arts Centre, the 60 minute tours depart from the Clock Tower building, 2 Worcester Boulevard, at 1.30pm every Sunday including public holidays.

Buy tickets online or from the Rutherford’s Den Shop located in the Clock Tower building.

The Arts Centre has a rich history – one that now includes an extensive restoration following the Canterbury earthquakes.

What you need to know:

  • Tours are around the North and South quadrangles so are wheelchair accessible
  • One ticket rate
  • Meet at 2 Worcester Boulevard beside the big yellow Clocktower sign
  • It will run every Sunday, including public holidays
  • Tours will take place rain or shine

There are a total of 23 separate buildings on site, of which 21 are listed by Heritage New Zealand as Historic Place Category 1. One building – the Student Union – is Historic Place Category 2, while a modern addition to the Registry building is not listed.

This collection of Gothic Revival buildings date from 1877 and were formerly used by Canterbury College (now the University of Canterbury) and two of the city’s secondary schools.

The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 caused significant damage to the buildings. Restoration is well underway, with more than half the site re-opened to the public. Buildings are re-opening in stages, prioritised depending on factors such as damage, heritage significance, safety and cost.



Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.