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Bells and Bellringing

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:

  • A chime on each quarter hour, to indicate the time
  • Tolling for around ten minutes before the daily services of Morning Prayer (8.00am), the Lunchtime Eucharist (12.30pm) and Evensong (5.15pm during the week and 3.30pm at weekends). 

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

  • For around half an hour before our 10.00am Cathedral Eucharist on Sundays
  • For special services and events, like weddings, funerals, and school services
  • For practice on a Friday evening.

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.  


2022 - bells will be rung on or for the following occasions

Friday 21-Jan UBSCR Peal 6.00pm
Saturday 05-Feb Peal 9.00am
Friday 18-Feb Practice 7.30pm
Friday 11-Mar Peal 6.00pm
Sunday 13-Mar Visiting Ringers 2.30pm
Thursday 17-Mar BGS Charter Day Service 2.00pm
Friday 18-Mar Practice 7.30pm
Friday 08-Apr Peal 6.00pm
Sunday 17-Apr Easter Day  
Friday 22-Apr Practice 7.30pm
Friday 29-Apr Wedding  1.30pm
Friday 06-May Peal 6.00pm
Friday 20-May Practice 7.30pm
Sunday 29-May Visiting Ringers 2.15pm
Friday 03-Jun Peal 6.00pm
Friday 17-Jun Practice 7.30pm
Saturday 24-Jun Clifton High Rose Day 9.30am
Saturday 01-Jul Ordination of Priests 3.00pm
Sunday 02-Jul Ordination of Deacons 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 03-Sep Peal 9.00am
Saturday 10-Sep Doors Open Day  
Friday 16-Sep Practice 7.30pm
Sunday 25-Sep Installation of Honorary Canons TBC
Saturday 01-Oct Wedding TBC
Friday 07-Oct Peal 6.00pm
Saturday 08-Oct LLM Service 12.00noon
Friday  21-Oct Practice 7.30pm
Saturday 05-Nov Peal 9.00am
Sunday 13-Nov Remembrance Day Half muffled  
Friday 18-Nov Red Maids Founders Day 10.15am
Practice 7.30pm
Saturday 03-Dec Peal 9.00am
Friday  16-Dec 1/4 Peal 6.00pm
Thursday 24-Dec Nine Lessons and Carols 3.30pm
Friday 25-Dec Festival Eucharist for Christmas 9.30am
Friday 20-Jan-23 Practice 7.30pm
Friday 27-Jan UBSCR Peal 6.00pm