Clayton Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5HH
St Mary’s Cathedral is located in the bustling city of Newcastle upon Tyne. The grade I listed building boasts an interesting architectural design, mostly Gothic Revival which was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin and built between 1842 and 1844.
The then church, gained cathedral status in 1850 and was the first cathedral in Newcastle. The cathedral was renamed in around 1861, to Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and has since had eleven further bishops installed. The cathedral is the tallest structure in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
More recently, there have been a number of consecrated bishops to the cathedral, and fairly recently, the seat became vacant after the death of Right Reverend Kevin John Dunn, in 2008.
The cathedral has undergone renovations over recent years in order to restore many areas to their original state. The work has been carried out in phases, with the first being completed in 2010, and the second completed in 2013. Part of this restoration was to install a new organ, of 46 stops.
The cathedral is open every day for prayer and reflection, and is used and loved by locals and tourists who come to visit the cathedral.
There are events running within the cathedral all year round, including holiday camps, special events, recitals, lectures, weddings, organ concerts and many more. You can also visit the monument dedicated to Cardinal Basil Hume in the monument garden which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 in the monument garden.
If you are visiting the cathedral, there is lots of see in terms of architecture and plenty to learn about the history of the building and the city itself. The cathedral has a café for visitors so you can spend time walking around the building and admiring the architecture, and then relax with a drink and snack!