St Mary Redcliffe Church Bristol
Photo by Emily Whitfield-Wicks

St Mary Redcliffe

A true spectacle of Gothic architecture, this church has stood majestically in the centre of Bristol for 800 years

  • Heritage
  • Museums
  • Sacred

The church was famously described by Elizabeth I as “The fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England”, and still holds true to her words to this day.

On weekday evenings the church bells ring out, resonating across the harbour, towards Temple Meads and beyond - a reminder of how churches have connected communities and played a central role in city life for centuries.

Recommended as a moment of calm and pause within your visit to the city, and a wonderful step back in time, visitors can explore Gothic arches, symbols hidden in the ceiling bosses, breathtaking vaulted ceiling, a Medieval stone font, the Moorish influenced north porch and both traditional and modern stained glass.

Make sure to refuel at the Arc Cafe in the atmospheric Undercroft, where they serve tasty morsels for breakfast and lunch.

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In 1497 John Cabot set sail from Bristol in The Matthew seeking an alternative route to the East, but instead landed in North America. This adventure is remembered with a whalebone brought back by Cabot, now to be found St John’s Chapel.



  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Disabled parking
  • Toilets for disabled visitors
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