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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. 

Monday 19 July 2021 Update


From Monday 19 July 2021, most legal restrictions in England have been lifted. However, despite an incredible effective roll out of the vaccination programme, we know that some people remain clinically vulnerable despite having been vaccinated, some people will feel uneasy about leaping with both feet into a world without any precautions and case numbers in our city are increasing on a daily basis.

We are taking what we think is a sensible and pragmatic approach to the lifting of restrictions. 


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

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.

In order to maintain spatial distancing, please only sit in a row marked with a green tick. Rows which have been marked with a red X are to remain vacant. If you are unsure, please speak to a Verger.

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
From Sunday 25 July, congregational singing will be 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 (pre-booking available)
3.30pm Evening Prayer (or Choral Evensong where a visiting choir is present)


Broadcast Worship

Monday to Saturday
Morning Prayer at 8.30am

The Cathedral Eucharist at 10.00am

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