Sacred & Spiritual Bristol

Bristol can be proud not only of its rich history and seafaring links, but also of its profusion of churches and places to worship.

Any visit to Bristol should at least include a glimpse inside some of these remarkable locations that have helped to make Bristol a place of significant religious importance. Explore the extraordinary architecture and rich history of these places of worship.

Churches in Bristol

Bristol Cathedral originated as an Augustine Abbey in the 12th century. The grade I-listed cathedral is one of the world’s finest examples of a hall church with a medieval Chapter House, a peaceful garden and a track record as a film location for costume dramas. Climb the soaring tower of Bristol Cathedral on a special guided Tower Tour that will take you through 900 years of history and architecture.

St James Priory is the city’s oldest church. Dating from 1135 the former Benedictine monastery has been used as a place of worship for almost 900 years.

St Mary Redcliffe has been a place of worship for more than 800 years. A beautiful Grade I-listed church, St Mary Redcliffe is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a slender, soaring spire 89 metres high. The church hosts regular events and tours where you can learn more about the building and local history.

Find out more about Bristol’s Churches by listening to the The Bristol Churches Trail MP3 tour.

St John on the Wall was built into the original city walls in the 12th century and features beautiful Jacobean features. Visitor interpretation helps uncover its history.

The Lord Mayor’s Chapel on College Green, directly opposite Bristol Cathedral, is hidden away behind an unassuming entrance.

John Wesley’s Chapel is the oldest Methodist building in the world. The chapel’s ‘New Room’ features a fascinating multimedia visitor centre which tells the story of John and Charles Wesley. You can discover more about the life of Charles Wesley at Charles Wesley’s House. Discover more on a self-guided tour of Central Bristol with our Wesley Walk guide.

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