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Bristol Cathedral, Bristol

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It took more than 700 years to build Bristol Cathedral, considered one of the finest medieval churches in Europe. Still in operation today for worship, community service, and private prayer, the cathedral began as an Augustine abbey. Visitors can still trace the original transepts, but it’s the tall Gothic windows and pinnacled skyline that will capture your attention. To understand the full majesty of the structure, it’s best to take a step back as far as possible on College Green where it is located. Entering the cathedral, be sure to be on the lookout for surprising details, including carvings of beasts imitating people in the Elder Lady Chapel. Guided tours are available, and you can book portions of the cathedral for private candlelit dinners.  Add Bristol Cathedral and other attractions to your Bristol trip itinerary using our Bristol trip builder.
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  • Worth a visit whilst stopping by. Very friendly clergymen. Atmospheric and welcoming. Central position makes it very accessible too.  more »
  • The Cathedral is a beautiful building in a prominent location in Bristol. Definitely worth a look around. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed wandering through the building and the gard...  more »
  • As the title suggests, I guess it's just another church, but has the added bona of being located at the bottom of the famous Park Street in Bristol. Worth popping your head in, but wouldn't spend hour...  more »
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  • One of the main landmarks in Bristol. Gothis style and beautiful inside. No fee entrance.
  • Impressive cathedral with more than 800 years of history. Free to enter (but you are encouraged gently to donate) this cathedral is as beautiful inside as it is out, so is worth an hour of your time to look inside at the details of the stained glass and sculptures. The rose window is especially beautiful.
  • Truly breathtaking inside and out, this Cathedral blew me away with its grandeur of history and culture! I just wish I'd of visited on a day that did not have so many school day trips, as i wanted to immerse myself in an historical wonderland, but instead i had to keep my thoughts to myself until i left this outstanding building, as the noise was so overwhelming, very disappointing, as i wanted it to be a magical experience from the moment i step in, until the time i left. Another downside is as soon as i arrived, i was made to feel uncomfortable that i was not paying to gain entry to this amazing work of art, by the lady who greeted me upon entry, that i felt obliged to hand over money out of courtesy for the privilege of gaining entry to something so beautiful, but isn't this a free cathedral with the option of donating? I also felt watched the whole time i was near anything that required a donation, such as lighting a candle, i think i must of spent at least £10 in this brief trip that lasted less than an hour out of a time restraint, so very much worth it though, but it should still be by choice to donate or not surely?
  • Impressive building. A must see if you are sight seeing in the centre of Bristol.
  • Open to the public worth checking out even if you're an atheist let myself impressive looking building

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Providing a convenient base from which to explore the West Country, Bristol offers relatively inexpensive lodging options, including boutique hotels, small B&Bs, and trendy self-catering apartments. Consider staying in the old town center, conveniently located close to Bristol's main road and rail networks. Options here range from modern hotels to vintage guesthouses, often featuring sunny courtyards.
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