This Chapter House is a hidden gem, and one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the world. It was completed c. 1160 and is distinctive because of the richly carved patterns that cover the arches and vaulting - the designs include geometric patterns and flower details. The Chapter House was used by the original abbey as the place for business meetings, and there are stalls around the walls for seating. The east wall was rebuilt after the riots of 1831, after the Bishop of Bristol had opposed parliamentary reform that would have given more people the vote. The Cathedral itself might have been badly damaged, or worse, had not the sacrist, William Phillips, barred its entrance gate. The windows contain commemorative lists of the Abbots of the original monastery and the Deans of the Cathedral. The Chapter House is used today for community events and can be hired as a venue for corporate entertaining and fine dining. Read more.
- The Nave
The nave is the main body of the Cathedral, flowing from the Rose Window to the stone choir screen at the centre of the building.
- Elder Lady Chapel
Elder Lady Chapel
An exquisite medieval chapel used for prayer and contemplation.
- The Choir
The choir is the focal point of the medieval 'hall church', leading up to the high altar.
- South Transept
This space contains some wonderful stained glass and the Anglo-Saxon stonework marvel 'The Harrowing of Hell'.
- North Transept
The North Transept
- Nave Altar
This altar is the focus of worship on Sundays and great occasions, when the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is celebrated.
- High Altar
The high altar is the focal point of Christian prayer and worship.
- Berkeley Chapel
This chapel was originally provided for prayer for the souls of the Berkeley family. Today it is used for Morning Prayer and lunchtime Eucharist services.
- Eastern Lady Chapel
Eastern Lady Chapel
The opulent Eastern Lady Chapel commemorates three of the monastery's Abbots and the first Bishop of Bristol.
- Chapter House
This stunning Chapter House is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England.
- South Choir Aisle
South Choir Aisle
The south choir aisle contains the tombs of the Berkeley family and some specially commissioned pieces of modern art.