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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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and watch videos and streamed services on our YouTube channel. In 2022 we were short-listed for ‘Best Use of Digital – UK’ at the Museums+Heritage Awards.

Environmental issues are also important to the Cathedral and we hold Eco Congregation status. 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, 7th September 2022 - Wednesday, 14th December 2022

Bradford Cathedral InteriorWednesday @ One Organ RecitalWednesday @ One Organ Recitals are back at Bradford Cathedral!
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Saturday, 10th December 2022 - Saturday, 10th December 2022

Brass Band sat with instruments on stage.Black Dyke Band and Bradford Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert (Sold Out)Black Dyke Band and the Bradford Cathedral Choir join together for a very special Christmas concert. Please note that concert has now hit capacity with a waitlist available for tickets.
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Sunday, 11th December 2022 - Sunday, 11th December 2022

Christingle at Bradford Cathedral.ChristingleExploring the meaning of Christmas through song, film and making Christingles at Bradford Cathedral.
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Monday, 12th December 2022 - Monday, 12th December 2022

Monday FellowshipMonday FellowshipThe Monday Fellowship group is an opportunity to catch up with others, share tea/coffee and cake, pray together and sing some of our favourite hymns.
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Friday, 23rd December 2022 - Friday, 23rd December 2022

Nine Lessons and CarolsNine Lessons and CarolsBradford Cathedral traditional Christmas service, choir and congregational carols by candlelight.
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Saturday, 24th December 2022 - Saturday, 24th December 2022

Christmas Eve Carol Concert at Bradford Cathedral.Christmas Eve Carol ConcertBradford cathedral choir presents its annual Christmas Eve recital. Numbers are limited so please book early.
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Saturday, 24th December 2022 - Saturday, 24th December 2022

The Crib at Bradford CathedralMessy CribMessy Crib returns for another interactive service at Bradford Cathedral involving storytelling, craft, music and prayers.
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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.

Bradford Cathedral

Type:Cathedral

1 Stott Hill, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 4EH
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Tel01274 777720

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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