advent and christmas

Advent is a time of expectation: the word itself means 'coming'. It recalls ancient Israel's hope for the advent of the Messiah, and also expresses the Christian hope for the fulfillment of God's Kingdom in the second coming of Christ.

Friday 16 December, 7.30pm, Carols by Candlelight *

Sunday 18 December, 3.30pm, Family Carols around the Crib

Monday 19 December, 7pm, La Nativite du Seigneur

Friday 23 December, 6pm, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve, 3.30pm, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve, 11pm, Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day, 10am, Festival Eucharist Ticket Form *

* Ticketed events

faith & worship

A daily rhythm of prayer and worship is central to the Cathedral's life, and is an expression of our faith. You are invited to come and join us. Read more.

For a copy of the Sunday sermon click here.  

Social Justice

Find out more about our work on social justice issues across the city and become involved with our Social Justice group.

Online Daily Prayers

schools & families

We run a creative and exciting programme of events for children of all ages. Read more

Children's Church meets at 10am during term time. All are welcome.

Collect stamps for your Children's University Passport To Learning here!

the Cathedral

Take a 360° virtual tour of Bristol Cathedral. Visit tour.

Our guides can tell you all our best stories. Read more.

Learn about the history, architecture and art of Bristol Cathedral. Read more.

If you are a foreign visitor and would like to know more about the Cathedral click here for our foreign language guides.

Our regular services

Morning Prayer

8.30am Weekdays 

Holy Communion
12.30pm Weekdays 

Choral Evensong or Evening Prayer
5.15pm Weekdays 
3.30pm Saturdays and Sundays 

This Sunday
8.00am BCP Holy Communion 
10.00am Cathedral Eucharist
Children are welcome to attend the Children's Church (in term time)
3.30pm Choral Evensong

Forthcoming Special Services

Coming on Sunday? Read about our facilities and activities for children. 

The December Service & Music List

This week's News & Notes

visit us

Come and enjoy our shop, cafe and garden. Read more for the details of our opening times and travel directions.

Christmas Opening Hours

The Cathedral will be open 10am-4pm between Christmas and New Year. The Cathedral Cafe will be open 21-22 and 28-30 December serving hot and cold drinks and cakes. The Cathedral Offices and Shop will be closed from 4pm on the 23, reopening on the 3 January. 

If you want to hear more about our stories join us for a free guided tour on Saturdays at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Occasionally we have other events happening, so if you are coming specially ring 0117 9264879 to check availability.

Please note there are no storage facilities for holding baggage whilst visiting the Cathedral. You must keep your personal belongings with you at all times. We reserve the right to carry out random searches if appropriate.

cathedral community

Find out more about being part of the Cathedral community. Click here for information on the events below.  Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter.

Community meeting   

Open Fellowship discussion group 

The Forum discussion group

Cathedral coffee

Community lunches - all are welcome to these Sunday lunch events

Fabric Projects

Keep in touch

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Latest News

Christmas Day service to be broadcast on BBC One

Festival Eucharist to be broadcast to the nation Read more


Upcoming events


Cathedral life would not be possible without the help and support of a large number of people. Read more.

Become a Friend of Bristol Cathedral

Become a member of the Fitzhardinge Society

Learn more about Volunteering at the Cathedral


Music is an integral part of Bristol Cathedral's life and mission. Read more

WWI Book of Remembrance

Visit our interactive WWI Book of Remembrance. Read more.

To read about our December casualty Noel Atkinson click here

Find out more about our WWI exhibition  Parcels of Comfort