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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

Tuesday, 6th September 2022 - Sunday, 23rd October 2022

Peter Marlow exhibition © Bradford CathedralPeter Marlow - The English CathedralDiscover a unique photographic exhibition of the naves of all 42 English Anglican Cathedrals.
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Wednesday, 7th September 2022 - Wednesday, 14th December 2022

Bradford Cathedral InteriorWednesday @ One Organ RecitalWednesday @ One Organ Recitals are back!
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Saturday, 1st October 2022 - Saturday, 1st October 2022

Bradford Cathedral exteriorBradford Faith TrailEver wondered what’s in a church, masjid, mandir or gurdwara? The Bradford Faith Trail offers a unique opportunity to discover a little bit about Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian (Roman Catholic and Church of England) faith buildings, abou
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Monday, 10th October 2022 - Monday, 10th October 2022

Monday, 14th November 2022 - Monday, 14th November 2022

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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Saturday, 15th October 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

Cathedrals at NightCathedrals at Night events invite you to see the country's historic sacred spaces in a new light.
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Saturday, 15th October 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

Widescreen in the City.Widescreen in the CityPirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award.
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Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Saturday, 22nd October 2022

Abraham Sharp: Bradford’s Astounding Astronomer & Magnificent MathematicianIn a very special space-themed open day, discover more about Bradford's famous English mathematician and astronomer Abraham Sharp
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Tuesday, 25th October 2022 - Tuesday, 25th October 2022

October Half Term Activities at Bradford Cathedral.October Half Term Family ActivitiesAt Bradford Cathedral there are lots of things to see, do and discover for children (and adults!) of all ages! We will be doing autumn crafts and colouring, there will be family-friendly guided tours of the Cathedral.
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Tuesday, 15th November 2022 - Tuesday, 15th November 2022

VOCES8 and Bradford Cathedral Choir Concert. Photos credit: Andy StaplesVOCES8 and Bradford Cathedral Choir ConcertThe singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning. [GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE]
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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 ConcertBlack Dyke Band and the Bradford Cathedral Choir join together for a very special Christmas concert
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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

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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