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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


The Cathedral is regularly reviewing national advice and guidance, from the government, Public Health England, and the national Church about Coronavirus and how best to keep people safe, and mitigate the spread of infection. 

Friday 15 October 2021 Update

We regret that the Cathedral will be closed for general visiting on Monday 18 October.

Covid-19 Testing and Colds

As the winter is fast approaching, and with the reality of an increasing number of Covid cases in the city as the days draw in, we would like to ask everyone visiting the Cathedral to make sure they are making use of the free Lateral Flow Test kits available from the NHS or Bristol City Council.  Regular testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of the virus, along with hand washing, ensuring spaces are well ventilated, and wearing masks where there isn’t sufficient ventilation.  Please consider testing twice a week to help to keep each other safe.  Test Kits can be ordered online ( or collected from locations around the city (

We would also ask you to stay at home if you are suffering from a heavy cold, and coming back to the Cathedral once you are feeling better – even if you do not have the three well known symptoms of COVID-19.   We are very grateful for your help with this.

Guidance when visiting the Cathedral

  • We would like visitors to continue to wear masks in the Cathedral, other than when in the garden or when seated in the café. This is especially important in parts of the building where there are narrow corridors, or only one way in and out (the Cloisters, chapels etc.).
  • Our staff and volunteers will still be wearing masks. This is to protect each other and our visitors, and also to ensure you feel comfortable wearing a mask if you would like to.
  • We would like visitors to continue to maintain spatial distancing from other visitors and staff  
  • We still have hand sanitiser available at all of our entrances, and would invite you to use this when you enter the building.
  • Use of the Track and Trace forms or NHS App is no longer be required but is still be available.

We will be reviewing these guidelines again towards the end of the Summer. Thank you very much for working with us to make Bristol Cathedral welcoming and safe for all those that visit us and work here.

General Visiting Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
8.00am to 5.00pm

We regret that the Cathedral will be closed for general visiting on Monday 18 October.

8.00am to 5.00pm

11.30am to 3.00pm


The Cathedral Café

Opening Hours


Guidance for worship at the Cathedral

Please note the following arrangements for visiting and worshipping in the Cathedral after this time.

The North Transept has been set aside for those who wish to maintain spatial distancing.

Communion in one kind will continue to be distributed at stations from both ends of the Cathedral.

Face Coverings
While face coverings will not be mandatory from Monday 19 July, you are still welcome to wear one if that is your preference.

Congregational Singing
Congregational singing is permitted.

North Transept
For those who would prefer to remain spatially distanced from those singing, please sit in the North Transept (see map below). 



Public Worship

Monday to Saturday

8.30am Morning Prayer
12.30pm Lunchtime Eucharist
5.15pm Evening Prayer (3.30pm on Saturday)


8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.00am Cathedral Eucharist
3.30pm Choral Evensong


Broadcast Worship

Monday to Saturday
Morning Prayer at 8.30am

Services are available on Facebook and YouTube.

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If you have any urgent pastoral need the please contact Reception on 0117 926 4879.

Please follow the good practice advice on handwashing and hygiene to help prevent the spread of the illness.  

For more information and advice see: 

NHS advice

Advice on mental health.  

Government advice


Prayer Resources

The Church of England has many new resources available for those who wish to engage in their own private prayer, in addition or instead of our broadcast services.

A Sunday Service broadcast from the Church of England Facebook page

Time to Pray app - as of March 2020 it is completely free to use.

Texts for daily Prayers

Church of England resources are available here