Welcome to Bristol Cathedral

The Cathedral stands at the heart of the city and is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Bristol. We are open daily for visitors and worshippers. All are welcome.

advent and christmas

Advent is always a busy time in a Cathedral calendar and for Bristol Cathedral, 2017 is no exception. The journey to Christmas will be marked with a variety of different events, services and concerts, all of which celebrate the journey from darkness to light. 

Highlights include:

Sunday 17 December, 3.30pm:
Carol Service with Blessing of the Crib, with Charlie the Donkey!

Monday 18 December, 7.00pm:
La Nativité

Tuesday 19 December, 5.15pm:
Shoppers' Carols

Wednesday 20 December, 10.00am:
Toddlers' Carols

Saturday 23 December, 6.00pm:
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve
Sunday 24 December, 3.30pm: 
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve
Sunday 24 December, 11.00pm
Eucharist of Christmas Night

Christmas Day
Monday 25 December, 10.00am
Festival Eucharist of the Nativity of Our Lord

faith & worship

A daily rhythm of prayer and worship is central to the Cathedral's life and is an expression of our Christian faith. You are warmly invited to come and join us. Find out more about Faith. See online prayers.  


Read more about the musical life of the Cathedral and the newly launched Organ Appeal

schools & families

We run a creative and exciting programme things to do for children of all ages. Read more

Explore the Cathedral with our new Robin Trail

Cathedral Kids meets at 10am during term time. All are welcome.

Join us for fun, free half term family activities at Crafty Cathedral

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

regular & special services

Our regular services

Please note that individual days or weeks may differ from the general pattern below. Please check the Services & Music List link below for week-by-week details.

The December Services & Music List

Morning Prayer

8.30am Weekdays 

Holy Communion
12.30pm Weekdays 

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

8.00am BCP Holy Communion 
10.00am Cathedral Eucharist
Children are welcome to attend Cathedral Kids (in term time)
3.30pm Choral Evensong

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

Read the Sunday sermon

This week's News & Notes

Between 26 December - 1 January inclusive, daily services will be held at 10.00am, 12.30pm, and 3.30pm.

visit us

We are open daily and admission is free. Come and enjoy our shop, cafe and garden. Read more

Free guided tours are usually held on Saturdays at 11.30am and 1.30pm.  Ring 0117 926 4879 to check availability if you want to come on a specific date.

The Cathedral is open between Christmas and New Year, 9am - 5pm. The Cafe is closed from Saturday 23 - Monday 1 January, reopening on Tuesday 2. The Cathedral offices close on Friday 22 December and reopen on Tuesday 2 January.

social justice

Learn more about our work on social justice issues across the city. View the full programme.

the Cathedral

Take a 360° virtual tour of Bristol Cathedral and read more about our history.  

cathedral community

Find out more about being part of the Cathedral community.

Keep in touch

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Latest News

Visible Discipleship

The launch of the Social Justice Network Read more


Upcoming events


Life at the Cathedral would not be possible without the support and generosity of our communities. Give a gift online.

There are many ways to join in with what we are doing. Why not think about becoming a Friend of Bristol Cathedral, a member of the Fitzhardinge Society or of taking time to volunteer.


Visit our interactive WWI Book of Remembrance.

Read about our December casualty Albert Packer

sounds and silence

Discover more about our fascinating new research project with the University of Bristol which explores the ecology of sound inside cathedrals and the way that it impacts on visitors.