Bristol Cathedral

LOCATION

BRISTOL, BRISTOL

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Opening status: Open

Our View

Bristol Cathedral stands in the middle of Bristol's vibrant city centre. One of England's great medieval churches, the Augustinian abbey was founded here in the 12th century. For almost 900 years, the building has continued to be a place of sanctuary, prayer and music. Today the Cathedral boasts some of the most important medieval architecture in the UK - look out for the extraordinary Norman stone carving in the Chapter House, the medieval stained glass preserved in the cloister, the brightly coloured Eastern Lady Chapel, and the lofty arches and vaults which distinguish Bristol Cathedral as being of a medieval hall church design. With a rich programme of services and events, as well as shop, cafe and peaceful garden, Bristol Cathedral is a wonderful place to visit.

Bristol Cathedral
College Green, BRISTOL, BS1 5TJ

Features

Facilities
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Access to main body of church, cafe & garden via cloister door on College Square
  • Facilities: Ramps throughout main body of church and giving access to Cloister
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily; Mon–Fri 8–5, Sat–Sun 8–3.15

About The area

Discover Bristol

The Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bristol grew up around the bridge and harbour on the River Avon. With access to the sea, it increased in importance. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose London—Bristol railway line terminated in his gothic-style station of Temple Meads, had long been involved with Bristol. He had remodelled the docks in 1830, and six years later designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the 250-foot (76m) deep Avon Gorge.

During the bombing raids of World War II many churches and historic houses were lost. Fortunately, the finest parish church in England, St Mary Redcliffe, with its 292-foot (89m) spire, survived, although traffic now swirls all around it. Bristol Cathedral was founded as an Augustinian abbey in the 1140s and became a cathedral in1542. The Norman chapter house is particularly fine. There is almost too much to see in Bristol: other gems include Wills Tower, John Wood’s Corn Exchange, the Coopers’ Hall by William Halfpenny, the Grotto at Goldney House in Clifton, the long south façade of Ashton Court, and the Christmas Steps (off the beginning of Park Road).

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