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Bristol Anglican CathedralBristol
College Green (West End)
Somerset BS1 5TJ
       
 
The full name of the Bristol Anglican Cathedral is ‘The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity’, however it is commonly known as ‘Bristol Cathedral’. The cathedral has several unique architectural features of interest to the visitor.
 
The cathedral evolved from an Augustinian Abbey founded in 1140. Over the next 25 years stone buildings were erected but the only surviving examples of this Norman architecture are in the chapterhouse and the lower portion of the gatehouse. The eastern end of the cathedral is the first of its unique features.
 
The eastern end was designed as a ‘hall church’, in other words, the aisles were to be the same height as the choir. This style was very unusual for English medieval churches and is rarely seen outside of German Gothic cathedrals. With the entire interior roof the same height there is no room for clerestory windows. To allow enough light to enter the building provision was made for huge windows.
 
Unique vaulted roof
The light that floods into the interior, especially in the morning, makes it easy to see the second interesting feature of the east end. The three vaults have no central rib – instead the ribs spring from the wall pillars and meet in the centre forming an intricate diamond pattern. This is a feature unique to Bristol Cathedral. It is remarkable to think that this beautiful stone roof was created between 1298 and 1332.
 
In the 19th century, a new nave was built. It was designed to blend with the medieval east end. The twin towers and the west front were completed in 1888. The highly ornamented wide west door and the rose window above give the cathedral an almost Spanish look.
 
Link to Berkeley Castle
The Berkeley Chapel with its ornate tombs is worth having a look at. The founder of the Abbey, Robert Fitzhardinge, also built Berkeley Castle which played a pivotal role in the murder of King Edward II whose tomb can be seen in Gloucester Cathedral. Bristol Cathedral became almost a private chapel for the Berkeleys who have lived at the castle for the past 850 years.
 
Visitors are most welcome to tour the Cathedral and to attend services.
 
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Disabled Access
Yes (in parts)
 
Opening Hours
The Cathedral is open all year – hours 08:00 to 18:00
 
Admission Cost
Free
 
Facilities
Gift Shop in Cafe. The shop is located beside the main entrance porch and the Cafe can be found in the Cloister.  Web:  Bristol Cathedral/ Visit us
 
Guided Tours
Cathedral tours generally run each Saturday through the year at 11:30 and 13:30 hours. For more information: Web:  Bristol Cathedral/ Guided Tours
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1179 264 879
 
Getting There
- By Car
From the north (M4/M5) – exit at Junction 19 of the M4 on to the M32 southbound. Come to the end of the motorway and follow the brown visitor signs to the city centre and at Bristol/ A4. You will pass the Bristol Aquarium on the left and can turn left at Millennium Square for the car park.

From the south (M5) – exit at Junction 18 of the M5 and follow signs to the city centre signposted A4. You will come in along the river and past the ss Great Britain on your right. At the roundabout continue to follow A4 signs. Turn right into Millennium Square for the nearest car park.
 
Public parking
Available at Millennium Square and on St George's Street, behind the council buildings. There are a small number of pay spaces in the Bristol Cathedral Choir School car park – Enter via the school on Anchor Road (A4).
 
- By Rail

The nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station. Taxis and buses are available - use the 8 or 9 bus to be dropped off by the Cathedral.

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