UK Cathedrals 2013
Experience over 900 years of history and learn how the Cathedral survived riot, war, plague and fire. One of the most complete Romanesque buildings in Europe, the Cathedral also boasts the largest monastic cloister in England and houses a renowned collection of over 1,000 medieval roof boss sculptures. New Hostry Visitor Centre and award-winning Refectory Restaurant.
Tel: 01603 218300
Here’s a delightful meeting point between ancient and contemporary Coptic culture set in a British context. Bearing the name of the patron saint of England, the United Kingdom’s newest Cathedral also remains true to ancient Egyptian roots in its architecture. The high vaults and domes are harmoniously complemented by a neo-traditional modern style.
Tel: 01438 940970
A 13th-century church with a stunning lantern tower in the heart of medieval Newcastle, filled with an amazing collection of monuments and little known treasures, which tell the story of this region. Enjoy our celebrated collection of stained glass windows and exquisitely carved choir stalls, reredos and choir screen. Join our worship and listen to our choir. Services are held every day.
St Albans Cathedral stands over the place where Alban, Britain’s first martyr, was buried over 1700 years ago. The building's amazing mixture of architectural styles bears witness to the many centuries of its life, first as a monastic abbey, and now as a cathedral. You can visit the shrine of St Alban, see rare medieval wall paintings and walk the longest nave in England.
Tel: 01727 860780
Come and visit this stunning cathedral and the newly restored Shrine of St David. Open: Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 5.00pm & Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm •Daily services •Bookshop •Concerts •Guided tours •Refectory & Cloister Gallery •Porth y Twr Exhibition •Treasury •Disabled Access
Tel: 01437 720202
Chester Cathedral is full of stories. Founded by St Anselm in 1092 as a Benedictine monastery, it became a Cathedral after the Dissolution. Trace the daily lives of the medieval monks; writing in the Cloisters, meetings in the Chapter House, mealtimes in the Refectory, worshipping at the Shrine and daily services in the elaborate 14th-century Quire stalls.
Tel: 01244 500958
Designed by Sir Basil Spence and voted the nation's favourite 20th-century building, Coventry Cathedral is now a fascinating and moving mix of the old and new. An icon of hope, the cathedral is recognised internationally as a World Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and a ‘Casket of Jewels’ of 1950’s and 1960’s architecture.
Tel: 024 7652 1210
The vibrant cultural quarter of Lincoln is home to one of the greatest Cathedrals in Europe. This iconic building houses breathtaking architecture, a medieval library, the shrine of St Hugh, the tomb of Katherine Swynford and many more hidden treasures. The Cathedral is open daily and tours can be booked on arrival.
Tel: 01522 561600
Fourteen hundred years of history under one big roof! Whether you are coming with young people or older generations, you will find a range of interactive trails and audio tours making it easy for you find out for yourself what makes this ancient Cathedral such a unique and special place. Entry is free!
Gloucester Cathedral warmly welcomes you to one of the finest medieval buildings in the country.See the tomb of Edward II, Robert Curthose’s monument and some of the most important stained glass in the country – including the spectacular Great East Window. The extraordinary fan-vaulted medieval cloisters are famousthroughout the world.
Tel: 01452 528095
One of England’s most beautiful cathedrals. A holy place for 2,000 years offering both intimacy and majesty. Enjoy tours with well-trained guides; a tower climb with fabulous views; a medieval chained library; Britain’s oldest chiming medieval clock; a lovely shop; a great little eatery; and one of the best Choral Evensongs to be heard anywhere in Europe.
Tel: 01749 674483
A site of Christian worship for more than 1,000 years. Brecon Cathedral is now the Mother Church of the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon, seeking to offer a ministry of worship and welcome for all who visit. The former monastic buildings in the Cathedral Close, said to be the finest collection of its kind in Wales, now has a Heritage Centre, shop & restaurant.
Tel: 01874 623857
For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent cathedral. Discover glorious architecture, priceless treasures and great works of art. See the 12th-century Winchester Bible, illuminated in gold and lapis lazuli, sculpture by Antony Gormley and Barbara Hepworth, and the grave of England’s much -loved novelist Jane Austen.
Tel: 01962 857200
Built in 1093, Durham Cathedral is famous for the shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of Bede. Entry to the cathedral is free. Charges apply for the cathedral tower, tours, group visits, some exhibitions and special events. Highlights for 2013 include Jewels of the North; a festival of flowers and design which will fill the cathedral. Restaurant and shop located off cloister.
Tel: 0191 386 4266