Bradford Cathedral

Bradford's beautiful cathedral is a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered with its peaceful setting in tranquil gardens where once battle raged.

About this church

The Cathedral is alive with a sense of story from its 13 centuries at the heart of Bradford.

This, the third church on the site, is 500 years old, with 20th century additions. Bradford's most ancient place of worship is friendly, peaceful and fascinating, with many special features. The Cathedral is home to some of William Morris' earliest stained glass. There is bronze and embroidery designed by Ernest Sichel. Sculpture by Flaxman, Alan Collins and John Shaw, and windows and woodcarvings delight the eye, as well as art exhibitions and events in the Cathedral.

Guided tours, and reflective pilgrim tours can be booked ahead, and the Cathedral offers an exiciting programme for schools and colleges.

Bradford was the birthplace of Delius, and is still a place of music. The music of many cultures and traditions express the vitality of this immensely varied city. The Cathedral has a fine tradition of music, with a rich heritage of choral and organ music to explore and enjoy in a regular pattern of services and organ recitals. It is also a wonderful venue for chamber concerts, including an annual series during Autumn and Winter.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Wifi
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches

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Upper Chapel

The origins of Upper Chapel begin in 1630 with a building erected by Anglicans and Presbyterians followed by the appointment in 1660 of the first Congregational Minister. Following the reclaiming of the chapel by the conformists in 1689 the non conformists worshiped in a barn until 1717 when the first Upper Chapel was constructed. The challenges of building are with us again as we strive to build the fifth Upper Chapel to continue God’s work.

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St Paul

The original parish church of Shipley still worshipping. Organ by JJ Binns of Leeds, stained glass by Barnett and other national and local artists.

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