St Buriana

St Buryan is a busy, friendly, Cornish village, dominated by its huge, Grade I listed collegiate church, ‘the Cathedral of the West’ dedicated to St Buriana, a 5th century Irish Saint.

About this church

We have a rare four stage tower, the heaviest ring of six bells in the world, possibly the most impressive medieval rood screen in Cornwall, a magnificent Heard organ, a unique heritage, and more wayside crosses than any other parish in Cornwall. 

Our church in St Buryan is important, not because of its history, although that is very interesting. Not because of its architecture, although it is a beautiful building. Not because of its glorious internal structures although the rood screen and kneelers are masterpieces. But because it is an important place of prayer and sanctuary.

Over the years, many thousands of people have gathered here, to celebrate, to grieve and to make their prayers. In trouble and in joy this space has heard their prayers. Here they have met with God through prayer, through sacrament and through the fellowship and love found in the community. Our prayer is that this continues to be the most important part of St Buryan; a holy, sacred space where God is present. A place where you and I can meet with God. So come, visit this remarkable place, admire our church, join in our worship and add your prayers to the myriad of saints prayers, or just sit and absorb the unique atmosphere created by over one and a half thousand years of prayer and worship.


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Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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