College Green, West End, Bristol, BS1 5TJ
Bristol Cathedral is an integral centrepiece for Bristol’s historical story. Founded in 1140, this Grade I listed building stands tall at the foot of Park Street, alongside College Green, City Hall, the Lord Mayor’s Chapel and the Abbey Gatehouse.
The style of the Cathedral is a mix; you can find 12th century fabric in the eastern end of the church, which was added in the early 13th century, however the majority of the church has a Decorated Gothic style, as it was rebuilt in the 14th century.
The cathedral has changed over the centuries, with new additions such as the transept and central towers, the dissolution of the monasteries, and the western twin towers which were completed in 1888.
The Cathedral’s large windows are of gothic design, overlooking College Green and the surrounding historical buildings. Unfortunately, only a small amount of the original stained glass remains in the Cathedral, as this was replaced over the Victorian era, and some was lost during the Bristol Blitz during the war.
More recently, the Cathedral is one of the main tourist attractions for the City, attracting Bristol locals, tourists, students and schools, showcasing its unique and interesting history. Admission to the Cathedral is free, and includes access to the café and the Cathedral shop.
If you are visiting the Cathedral, there is plenty of information to help you find your way around, however you could always look at booking a guided tour if you are hoping to learn more about the building’s architecture and history.
The University of The West of England in Bristol often use the Cathedral to host their graduation ceremonies over the summer months, and there are lots more community activities happening within the Cathedral, including recitals, fayres, arts and crafts and more.