Birmingham Cathedral (St Philip's)
BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
Dedicated to St Philip, this Baroque gem, set in the heart of the city, is one of the smallest cathedrals in England. It was built in 1715 as a semi-rural parish church, faced in sandstone to the designs of architect Thomas Archer, and consecrated as a cathedral only in 1905. Locally-born Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones designed four windows, including the glorious ‘Ascension’ window of 1884, with its host of scarlet-clad angels. Notable memorials include one dedicated to victims of the pub bombings in the city.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Induction loop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year daily; Mon–Fri 7.30–6.30, Sat 8.30–5, Sun 8.15-5.15
Also in the area
About the area
Discover West Midlands
After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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