Navigating to and around Bristol Cathedral.

Bristol Cathedral is committed to making the building welcoming to all. There are a number of projects planned to improve the accessibility of this historic building. Below you can find access information for you to plan your visit. If you have any accessibility queries please contact [email protected] before your visit.

Building Accessibility (1)

A detailed Access Guide with photographs is available on the AccessAble website

Blue Badge Parking

Blue Badge holders can park on Deanery Road, approximately a 1-minute walk from the Cathedral. 

For further transport information please go to the Plan Your Visit page.

Plan Your Visit

Inside the Cathedral

The entrance to Bristol Cathedral can be found on College Green and has level access with an automatic single door. 

There are some areas where the floor surface is uneven inside the building. All visitors are advised to use caution and wear appropriate footwear when navigating the space. 

Lighting in the Cathedral may be dim on overcast days and during the evening.


There are steps into the following areas from the main body of the Cathedral:

  • Elder Lady Chapel
  • Berkeley Chapel
  • Newton Chapel
  • The Quire
  • The Garden
  • The Cloister

Further details

Access to the Chapter House and Garden

Level access to the Chapter House, garden and parts of the Cloister is available via the Cloister entrance.

There is no level access to these areas from the Nave, meaning visitors must travel around the outside of the building if they cannot navigate steps. One of our friendly welcomers or vergers will be there to direct you. 


There are female, male, accessible, gender neutral and baby changing facilities. Please be aware there is no step-free access to the toilets via the nave. There is level access to the toilets via the Cloister Entrance.

Baby changing facilities are available in the accessible toilet. Please be aware that there are steps into the men’s toilet facilities.

Hearing loop

There is a hearing loop available in the main body of the Cathedral and the Chapter House. Hearing loop users are advised to sit close to the front of the main body of the Cathedral for the best sound quality.

Sensory Trail

We have a Sensory discovery trail available during normal visitor hours at the Cathedral.

This is for anyone and everyone but, especially for young people and families who want to experience the Cathedral using their senses. 

Pick up a free activity leaflet anytime during your visit.