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“Simply a beautiful church”

St Mary Redcliffe Church
Ranked #7 of 218 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: '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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Reviewed February 3, 2013

With the sun shining through its splendid windows the scenery felt surreal and the beautiful ceiling flickered like stars in the sky...

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

More like a mini cathedral. Full of history and a wonderful example of gothic architecture. Lots of interesting memorials. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

what a beautiful old church bang in the middle of a busy city traffic system - a real treat and refuge for a visit.

no wonder queen elizabeth I really rated this church - it's as big as a cathedral, cool and peaceful, elegant perpendicular and later additions with lots on interesting windows, graves and nooks/cranies..

there's a cafe and loos attached for physical comfort and a tiny shop inside,

and - a real surprise - an excellent green space at the back of the church where there are lovely 18th century buildings so you feel you are for a moment out of time and in a different place. we sat eating a packed lunch and thoroughly enjoying the feeling.

most touching is we found a little grave marker for tom the church cat: there was a little booklet explaining he was the church cat for 15 years after just turning up one day and deciding it was his home.he was well fed, did his job as a vermin controller and was happy to be petted by any clergy or congregation who got comfort from this. every curch should have one.

we'd often passed the church on the way to templemeads, and wanted to go in. well we finally did and we'll go back and would recommend it for a peaceful hour in what feels like a trip in time.

Thank hfulton32
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

The church architecture is impressive, very beautiful interiors, and very peaceful, it invites for reflexion or even prayer.
Very special gargoyles and grotesques in it!
You feel very welcome.
There are historical facts -very interesting- all around the church and have this amazing tumbs that are very unique (and I visit a lot of churches!)
The remains of the old stainglass can still be seen in the windows, but the Lady Chapel has a great example of the art in the 60's... very original!
I would recommend to anyone to visit it, it can be done in 1 hr.

Thank LadyMalfoy
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Very interesting and peaceful. The ARC cafe is super and you know you are helping an excellent charity. Take time to wander and read the memorials.

Thank JanG03
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