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

Regular events

  • Toddler Group
    Every Friday, 10am-11.30am.
    The group is open to anybody with children under five and there are plenty of activities on offer, plus healthy snacks are available.
    Free admission.
  • Places are Welcome
    Every Wednesday, 2.30pm-4pm.
    A friendly and welcoming social space where you can meet new people and also enjoy refreshments.
    Free admission.
  • Stitching@Bradford Cathedral
    We meet every two weeks on a Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock – and of course, we have refreshments as well! Whether you are an experienced stitcher or an interested novice, you’ll be very welcome to join us! Find us on the Cathedral website or call the Cathedral Office – we look forward to meeting you.
    Free admission.
  • Carers' Crafts
    Tuesdays 10am-2pm.
    A warm welcome to carers and past carers looking for a friendly and interesting group to join. Run by carers and past carers who find that it really helps them to have time away from those they care for, giving them time to recharge their batteries and meet others in similar circumstances.
    Free admission.
  • Organ Recitals
    Wednesdays, 1pm-1.45pm.
    Join us for our regular BIG SCREEN recitals. Free admission. Retiring collection.
    Lunch is available from 12.30 - 12.55pm for £4 per head.
  • Bring & Share Lunch
    Third Sunday of every month.
    Advance booking is not necessary. Please bring some cold food to share (savoury or sweet). Drinks will be provided. Do not worry if you have not brought anything, you are still welcome.
    A lovely opportunity to get to know people in a homely setting.
    For further information, please email

Other nearby churches

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.

St Paul

St Paul's is the original parish church of Shipley, built in 1826.

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