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 this year

Friday 15-Jan Practice 7.30pm  
Friday 22-Jan Peal 6.00pm  
Saturday 30-Jan Visiting Ringers 11.15am        
Friday 05-Feb Peal 6.00pm        
Friday 19-Feb Practice 7.30pm  
Saturday 05-Mar Peal 9.00am  
Thursday 17-Mar BGS Charter Day Service 2.00pm  Service starts at 2.45pm
Friday 18-Mar Practice 7.30pm        
Sunday 27-Mar Easter Day          
Saturday 02-Apr Peal 9.00am  
Friday 15-Apr Practice 7.30pm  
Saturday 16-Apr Visiting Ringers 11.30am        
Thursday 23-Apr Ringing for St George's Day  TBC        
Saturday 07-May Peal 9.00am        
Friday 20-May Practice 7.30pm  
Friday 03-Jun Peal 6.00pm        
Friday  17-Jun Practice 7.30pm  
Friday 24-Jun Redland High Service 1.40pm Service starts at 2.00pm
Saturday 25-Jun Clifton High Rose Day 9.30am Service starts at 10.00am
Saturday 02-Jul Ordination of Deacons 10.30am        
Sunday 03-Jul Ordination of Priests 10.30am  
Friday  08-Jul Peal 6.00pm        
Friday 15-Jul Practice 7.30pm  
Friday  05-Aug Peal 6.00pm  
Friday 19-Aug Practice 7.30pm  
Saturday  27-Aug Peal 9.00am        
Saturday 10-Sep Doors Open Day    
Friday 23-Sep Practice 7.30pm        
Saturday 24-Sep LLM Service 4.00pm Service starts at 2.30pm  
Sunday 25-Sep Installation of Hon Canons 2.30pm Service starts at 3.30pm
Friday 14-Oct Peal 6.00pm  
Sunday 16-Oct Legal Service    Service starts at 11.15am
Friday  21-Oct Practice 7.30pm        
Saturday 22-Oct Wedding  1.30pm Bells      
Saturday 12-Nov Peal 9.00am        
Sunday 13-Nov Remembrance Day as usual Half muffled
Friday 18-Nov Red Maids Founders Day 10.15am Service starts at 10.45am/11.00am
Friday 18-Nov Practice 7.30pm  
Friday 02-Dec Peal 6.00pm  
Thursday 08-Dec UWE Carol Service 7.30pm  Service starts at 8.00pm  
Friday  16-Dec 1/4 Peal 6.00pm Carols by Candlelight