St Chads Cathedral


St Chads, the first Catholic Cathedral erected in Great Britain in 1841 following the Reformation of the 16th St Chads, the first Catholic Cathedral erected in Great Britain in 1841 following the Reformation of the 16th century, is Birminghams hidden jewel on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter.

About this church

St Chad's is one of Birmingham's architectural and artistic gems and possesses a large collection of medieval furnishings and carvings collected by Pugin. He was the pioneer of the Gothic revival in England and, until his early death in 1852 aged 40, designed many cathedrals, churches and convents with their furnishings and contents in England, Ireland and Australia. Pugin was also responsible for much of the interiors of the Houses of Parliament in London.

Three of Pugin's sons, Edward, Cuthbert and Peter Paul, also worked in the Cathedral. His grandson, Sebastian Pugin Powell, designed St Edwards Chapel which was consecrated in 1933.

The Cathedral is especially proud of its unique collection of stained glass, metalwork and vestments made to Pugin's designs by John Hardman and Company. Hardmans is a world famous Catholic family firm founded by John Hardman, a close friend of Pugin, in 1845. For over one hundred years it was based in Newhall Hill in the Jewellery Quarter. Four generations of the Hardman family were faithful and generous parishioners of the Cathedral, and some are buried in the family chantry chapel in the crypt.

Key Features

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

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches


Birmingham Cathedral

The church of St Philip was built for the growing town of Birmingham in 1715 and has a stunning set of stained glass windows by Birmingham born artist, Edward Burne-Jones.


St Paul

built between 1777 and 1779 as a chapel of ease of St Martin in the Bullring, it is the only survivor of the town’s 18th century churches and stands in the city’s only surviving Georgian square.

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