Wide shot of Bristol Cathedral with College Green in the foreground and people sat on the grass
Courtesy of Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

The nave, choir and aisles are all the same height, making Bristol Cathedral one of the finest examples of a hall church to be found anywhere in the world.

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  • Museums
  • Sacred

A church has almost certainly stood on the Bristol Cathedral's site since the 12th century, but it came to prominence in 1140 when Robert Fitzhardinge founded the Abbey of St Augustine. 

One of the world’s finest examples of a medieval hall church to be found anywhere in the world, there are also magnificent examples of towering stained glass windows which cast colourful light across the interior. 

Bristol Cathedral hosts an exciting programme of activities, including regular concerts, exhibitions, film screenings and workshops. The excellent shop and relaxing cafe, complete with award-winning garden, are the cherry on the cake when visiting.

Situated at the foot of Park Street - one of Bristol's steepest and most recognisable roads, jam-packed with an eclectic range of independent shops and cafes - the Cathedral offers a sanctuary of calm in the busy city centre. 

Don't miss

The Harrowing of Hell - this ancient and mysterious work of art dates back to before the Norman conquest and depicts a giant Christ trampling on the devil as he saves souls from Hell.



  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Facilities for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
  • Baby changing facilities
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