St Mary Redcliffe Church

St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe Church
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
'The fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England' - Elizabeth I The Christian community has worshipped continuously on the site occupied by St Mary Redcliffe Church for well over 800 years. The first church may have built here in Saxon times, when Bristol first became a port – the original quayside was just across the road, below the red sandstone cliff from which this area gets its name, located on what is now Redcliffe Quay. The present church is a treasure of international importance, a Grade I listed building that is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. All the features of St Mary Redcliffe speak clearly of the beauty and the infinite variety in God’s world. The church building is open daily for all to visit, reflect, pray, join in formal worship or simply “be”. Everyone is welcome here. Use this page to find out more about our church and some of the famous people who have contributed to its rich history.
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JTJD
United Kingdom709 contributions
Interesting war time history....
Sep 2020 • Couples
This famous church is situated close to the water so you can easily walk along the river, towards the city, to take a peep at it.
It was “saved” from destruction by the mass bombings of WW2 by fire watcher. These men literally looked out for incendiary bombs falling on the roof & manually extinguished them using hand water pumps.
Written November 9, 2020
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,754 contributions
Classic English Church
Aug 2020
The St Mary Redcliffe Church is worth locating while wandering near the harbourside / docks its a stunning building but the cathedral is better.
Written September 4, 2020
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A Walker
Derbyshire, UK154 contributions
Well worth a visit
Mar 2020
St Mary Redcliffe Church is a beautiful building and is well worth a visit. This is where the Dun Cow is on show. Full of history and fantastic architecture
Written March 30, 2020
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B H
Alexandria, VA349 contributions
Nice stop in
Feb 2020
The church provides a nice place to visit. It is not spectacular but nice and worth taking 30 min to pop in and take a look.
Written February 18, 2020
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clf198
Durham, UK30 contributions
Unique site in Bristol
Apr 2019
Beautiful architecture, wonderful windows and a quiet place to sit and think when in a busy city. Nice grounds with rails thrown up and embedded following WW2 bombing of the city. Watch the steps outside which are a little uneven and may not be great
if suffer from balance issues.
Written February 13, 2020
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nessief
Worcester, UK925 contributions
Not disappointed
Dec 2019 • Couples
We have been wanting to visit St Mary Redcliffe for some time and got there a few years ago just as it closed.
We made it today and parked in the car park opposite. What a lovely Church! Steeped in history and great information panels. It's not situated in the quietest area but it's easy to cross the roads. Would definitely return and recommend
Written December 27, 2019
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Viewlander
Crieff, UK1,134 contributions
Cathedral like
Dec 2019 • Couples
An amazing church that has survived so much and is so connected with people down the years. Friendly staff on site and good interpretation boards.
Written December 17, 2019
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70ish
Worcester, UK2,143 contributions
Church that could be a Cathedral
Dec 2019 • Friends
I have reviewed this church before as I always visit when staying next door at the Double Tree Hilton hotel. It is always a joy from the magnificent vaulted ceiling to the superb Victorian stained glass windows. There are medieval windows surviving too and an octagonal medieval font. There is so much history to this church and every visit I find something I missed! This time I read about the piece of tram line that was hurled over houses and landed in the churchyard when a bomb in WW2 landed so very close to the church, and then I went into the churchyard to see the piece of tram line.
Written December 10, 2019
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Adrian
Bristol, UK260 contributions
Imposing Church
Dec 2019
Church that thinks it's a cathedral, in a good way. Plenty of parking nearby. Access a bit tricky, but ramps available. If you enter from the rear of the church, level ground. Make sure you see the team rail embedded in the grass, relic of WW2.
Written December 6, 2019
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Anton_Smith
Nottingham, UK546 contributions
Wonderful massive gothic church
Dec 2019 • Couples
We were staying next door in the DoubleTree Hilton so could see this place from our window. Otherwise it is about 7 minutes’ walk from the railway station.

A very big church with heavy gothic architecture. Very nice inside with lots to look at and caters well for visitors. Apparently the poet Coleridge got married there in 1795 and the organ is pretty special too, having been played by some very big names down the years. Lots of lovely stained glass, naturally.

If you like gothic churches then this is for you.
Written December 5, 2019
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