Bristol Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, is the Church of England cathedral in the city of Bristol, England. Founded in 1140 and consecrated in 1148, it was originally St Augustine's Abbey but after the Dissolution of the Monasteries it became in 1542 the seat of the newly created Bishop of Bristol and the cathedral of the new Diocese of Bristol. It is a Grade I listed building.
The eastern end of the church includes fabric from the 12th century, with the Elder Lady Chapel which was added in the early 13th century. Much of the church was rebuilt in the English Decorated Gothic style during the 14th century despite financial problems within the abbey. In the 15th century the transept and central tower were added. The nave was incomplete at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 and was demolished. In the 19th century Gothic Revival a new nave was built by George Edmund Street partially using the original plans. The western twin towers, designed by John Loughborough Pearson, were completed in 1888.
Aussiemarco | May 11, 2018
One of England’s hidden treasures. If you’re into medieval art and architecture, and you have an interest in abbeys and monasteries, this is a great place to visit. The cathedral was built as the abbey church of an Augustinian monastery, and is a beautiful example of a medieval monastic church that survived the greed of Henry VIII and the destruction of the puritans. As it was never intended to be a cathedral, it is smaller than York, Lincoln, Salisbury etc. But this adds to its beauty and serenity. Outside, the monastic gatehouse survives. Inside, the beautiful Chapter House is hidden away next to the church building, and is worth hunting out. It’s very typical of a medium sized abbey, and must be one of the few that survived so perfectly. After visiting some English Heritage ruined abbeys, it’s great to visit a few of the abbey churches that survived the dissolution. Bristol Cathedral - in my mind - ranks as one of the most surprisingly well preserved ones. Sitting in the silent and peaceful Chapter House, you can easily feel what life was like for a medieval monk. * The little gift shop is lovely, but it closes very early - sometimes at 3:30pm - which is a pity as it’s got some very nice things.
Guangda Dong | Apr 17, 2018
When I entered the cathedral, I got warmly welcomed by the staff. She introduced me with the history of the cathedral in detail, which was inspiring. I also got a leaflet in my own language from her, which helps me get better understanding of the cathedral. The structure it self is amazing. Whether you look from the outside or you are inside the structure, you will be surprised by how clever and capable those ancient people were. It’s a place you must go when you visit Bristol.
MarekRyan | May 13, 2018
Beautiful cathedral with stunning architecture. Its a great sight right at college green which is beautiful place to just chill on a sunny day. Entrance is free but it's not open in case there are certain event other time you can go inside. One of the less know treasures of Bristol but definitely worth while paying it a visit.
Ross Cobb | Apr 10, 2018
Beautiful, and light-filled Cathedral with a lively ministry. Excellent music and good preaching, and a very welcoming Verger team to locals and visitors. Fascinating building- full of hidden quirks. Gorgeous garden at the side- well worth investigating, with memorials to various people of interest.
Lorna Hopkinson | Jun 20, 2018
It's a historic building. Interesting and thought provoking. Nice cafe inside with good coffee.
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