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Bradford Cathedral is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Set in tranquil gardens the Cathedral is Bradford’s most ancient place of worship, alive with peace, prayer, and a sense of story from its 13 centuries at the heart of the City.

We are a place of Anglican worship – one of three Cathedrals in the Diocese of Leeds, alongside Ripon and Wakefield – holding weekly services, as well as other special and civic events throughout the Christian year. We are a partner to other organisations, venues and faith groups in the city. Our clergy team is here to support all people in nurturing their faith, and we are available for baptisms, weddings and more.

The Cathedral runs a high-quality events programme of choral and organ music; art exhibitions and installations; and talks and family activities. We also offer an exciting programme for schools and colleges (holding the quality mark from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom), and are a heritage venue with free entry for visitors.

The building tells two kinds of story – the Christian story dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, and the Bradford story. The present church, the third on the site, was built in the fifteenth century, and includes elements from the previous building. It was later extended in the 1960s by Sir Edward Maufe.

We were awarded the ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in the 2020 Welcome to Yorkshire ‘White Rose Awards’ – and you can come and see why! We have a wealth of Morris & Co textiles and stained glass; monuments marking many people and events from Bradford’s history including the Battle of the Steeple, the creation of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, and in memory of the Bradford City Fire. There’s also the WWI window; the cross and hangings in St Aidan’s Chapel, and many other plaques. More information can be found in our visitors’ guide.

Everyone is welcome at Bradford Cathedral – whether you come to pray; to explore the architecture and heritage of the building; to wander around our latest art exhibition; or to simply sit and enjoy the warmth and quiet of the building and grounds.

Our opening hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, as well as for services and events. For any changes to these times, as well as to find out more about us, to book your place at an event or on a guided tour, or to hire the space, please visit our website, come to the Cathedral office, call us on 01274 77 77 20 or e-mail info@bradfordcathedral.org.

You can follow us on social media, including FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and watch videos and streamed services on our YouTube channel. In 2022 we were shortlisted in the 'Best Use of Digital - UK' in the Museum + Heritage Awards, and we were also finalists in the Yorkshire Post Tourism Awards - for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in 2022 and Culture Award in 2023. We also hold the Quality Mark from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Environmental issues are also important to the Cathedral and we hold the Eco Church Silver Award. We were the first Cathedral to have solar panels, and work on many environmental initiatives including the Cathedral Woodland Project.

To find out more about visiting us, what to see, planning your visit, accessibility and much more, please visit https://bradfordcathedral.org.uk/visit-us/

Please remember the Cathedral is over 500 years old!
Disabled access is possible to most areas and there are abled and disabled toilet facilities.
There is a selection of restaurants and cafes available nearby.

View AccessAble’s Access Guide to find out about this venue’s accessibility. The guide contains detailed, accurate information which has been put together following a visit to the venue by one of AccessAble’s trained surveyors (link opens in a new window).

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Events

Wednesday, 10th January 2024 - Wednesday, 27th March 2024

Close up of the Organ at Bradford CathedralWednesday @ One Organ RecitalWednesday @ One Organ Recitals are back at Bradford Cathedral!
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Saturday, 9th March 2024 - Saturday, 9th March 2024

The Music Of The Beatles By CandlelightThe Music Of The Beatles By CandlelightFeaturing a cast of West End Singers a tribute to the Beatles at Bradford Cathedral.
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Friday, 15th March 2024 - Friday, 15th March 2024

Got 2 Sing ChoirGot 2 Sing ChoirSing along with us and let's get you rocking! at Bradford Cathedral.
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Saturday, 23rd March 2024 - Saturday, 23rd March 2024

Morris & Co. Stained Glass WindowMorris & Co. Stained Glass Window TourTo celebrate the 190th birthday of William Morris, join us for a special Morris & Co. stained glass window tour of Bradford Cathedral.
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Sunday, 24th March 2024 - Sunday, 24th March 2024

Matthew Coleridge RequiemCome and Sing: Coleridge RequiemJoin Bradford Cathedral Choir for a come and sing Requiem.
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Tuesday, 2nd April 2024 - Tuesday, 2nd April 2024

Family Activities at Bradford CathedralEaster Holiday Family ActivitiesFree family activities this Easter at Bradford Cathedral.
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Saturday, 6th April 2024 - Saturday, 6th April 2024

Saturday, 4th May 2024 - Saturday, 4th May 2024

Saturday, 1st June 2024 - Saturday, 1st June 2024

Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Saturday, 6th July 2024

Saturday, 3rd August 2024 - Saturday, 3rd August 2024

Saturday, 7th September 2024 - Saturday, 7th September 2024

Saturday, 5th October 2024 - Saturday, 5th October 2024

Faith TrailBradford Faith TrailBradford Faith Trail offers a unique opportunity to discover Bradford’s local community culture and faith heritage.
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Friday, 19th April 2024 - Friday, 19th April 2024

Elton by Candlelight Elton John by CandlelightWith a cast of West End singers and epic live band, experience the hits of legend Elton John at Bradford Cathedral.
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Saturday, 11th May 2024 - Saturday, 11th May 2024

Hans ZimmerThe Best of Hans Zimmer & Film Favourites IlluminatedExperience cinema's most iconic music performed by The London Film Music Orchestra illuminated!
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Saturday, 25th May 2024 - Saturday, 25th May 2024

Three images of a Meat Loaf tribute act, against the background of a churchMeat Loaf by CandlelightJoin us for an incredible night of Meat Loaf Anthems, performed in the beautiful Bradford Cathedral by candlelight.
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Friday, 7th June 2024 - Friday, 7th June 2024

Emma Johnson holding a clarinet.Tree of LifeTree of Life-inspired Musical Composition at Bradford Cathedral.
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Friday, 14th June 2024 - Friday, 14th June 2024

Bowie by CandlelightBowie by CandlelightBowie by Candlelight, featuring ‘David Live’ The David Bowie Tribute Show at Bradford Cathedral.
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Friday, 12th July 2024 - Friday, 12th July 2024

Dolly by CandlelightDolly by CandlelightExperience the enchanting 'An Evening of Dolly Parton' with the extraordinary talent of Miss Julia Martin at Bradford Cathedral.
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Thursday, 26th September 2024 - Thursday, 26th September 2024

Flamenco | Andalucia Tour Flamenco | Andalucia TourA beautiful presentation of pure flamenco and outstanding musicianship at Bradford Cathedral.
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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Languages

  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides
  • Spanish signs/guides

Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Public Transport: Train:Bradford Forster Square (nearest) and Bradford Interchange Bus: Church Bank (Stop P9/P10), 613/614, 645/646, 636/637, 670, 682 Bolton Road (Stop P6/P8) 612, 640/641 Metro:Canal Road/Cathedral (Stop 3) round-city bus By Road: Off Barkerend Road via the Shipley Airedale Road. Parking - the Broadway Bradford 0600 to 0100 weekdays £3.50/weekends £1.50 all day: Captain Street £1.50 all day. Driver-disabled only parking onsite.

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Bradford Cathedral

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1 Stott Hill, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 4EH
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Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

Opening Times

* The cathedral is open 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday for visitors, plus services and events.

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