The Cathedral


For centuries bells have been an important part of Christian worship.  They are used to summon people to worship, to celebrate great events, and at times (during the war) for emergencies.  At Bristol Cathedral we have two sets of bells, one in the central tower which are rung electronically, and a set of changing bells in the north-west tower.  These were taken out of the ruined Temple Church, which was bombed in the war.  They are rung by hand, by volunteers and visiting bell ringing groups.  

However - in the modern era we do recognise that whilst some people love the bells others find the noise more intrusive, so we do limit their use to set times and occasions.  The central tower's bells are automatically rung at the following times:

The bells in the north-west tower are rung on the following occasions:

Please note - visitors to the Park Street area will hear the Cathedral bells, but they will also hear the bells of the University's Wills building further up the hill, as well as the Lord Mayor's Chapel, and even St Mary Redcliffe's bells can be heard.  

Below is a list of times when our bellringers will be manually ringing in 2017

Friday 20 Jan 
Practice 7.30pm

Friday 27 Jan
Peal 6.00pm

Saturday 11 Feb
Peal 9.00am

Friday 17 Feb
Practice 7.30pm

Saturday 18 Feb
Wedding Blessing 11.40am
Service starts at 11.00am

Saturday 25 Feb
Visiting Ringers 1.45pm

Friday 03 Mar
Peal 6.00pm

Friday 17 Mar
BGS Charter Day Service 2.00pm
Practice 7.30pm

Saturday 25 Mar
Peal 9.00am

Friday 07 Apr
Practice 7.30pm

Sunday 16 Apr
Easter Day

Saturday 22 Apr
Peal - Visiting Ringers 9.00am

Sunday 23 Apr
Ringing for St George's Day

Sunday 14 May
Installation of Hon Canons 2.30pm

Friday 19 May
Practice 7.30pm

Friday 09 Jun
Peal 6.00pm

Friday 23 Jun
Practice 7.30pm

Saturday 24 Jun
Clifton High Rose Day 9.30am

Friday 30 Jun
Redland High Service 1.40pm

Saturday 01 Jul
Ordination of Deacons 3.30pm

Sunday 02 Jul
Ordination of Priests 10.30am

Saturday 08 Jul
Peal 6.00pm

Friday 21 Jul
Practice 7.30pm

Friday 04 Aug
Peal 6.00pm

Friday 18 Aug
Practice 7.30pm

Saturday 02 Sep
Peal 9.00am
Wedding Cowell/Goode 1.30pm

Saturday 09 Sep
Doors Open Day

Friday 15 Sep
Practice 7.30pm

Saturday 23 Sep
Bishop Mike's Retirement Service 3.30pm

Friday 06 Oct
Peal 6.00pm

Saturday 07 Oct
LLM Service 5.00pm
Service starts at 3.30pm

Friday 20 Oct
Practice 7.30pm

Saturday 28 Oct
Peal 9.00am

Sunday 12 Nov
Remembrance Day 
half muffled

Friday 17 Nov
Red Maids Founders Day 10.15am
Service starts at 10.45am/11.00am
Practice 7.30pm

Friday 24 Nov
Peal 6.00pm

Thursday 07 Dec
UWE Carol Service 7.30pm
TBC Service starts at 8.00pm

Friday 15 Dec
1/4 Peal 6.00pm
Carols by Candlelight