About Us

 (2022)“Serving Christ and transforming lives through welcome, worship and encounter”

Bradford Cathedral is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Set in tranquil gardens the Cathedral is Bradford’s most ancient place of worship, alive with peace, prayer, and a sense of story from its 13 centuries at the heart of the City.

We are a place of Anglican worship – one of three Cathedrals in the Diocese of Leeds, alongside Ripon and Wakefield – holding weekly services, as well as other special and civic events throughout the Christian year. We are a partner to other organisations, venues and faith groups in the city. Our clergy team is here to support all people in nurturing their faith, and we are available for baptisms, weddings and more.

The Cathedral runs a high-quality events programme of choral and organ music; art exhibitions and installations; and talks and family activities. We also offer an exciting programme for schools and colleges (holding the quality mark from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom), and are a heritage venue with free entry for visitors.

The building tells two kinds of story – the Christian story dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, and the Bradford story. The present church, the third on the site, was built in the fifteenth century, and includes elements from the previous building. It was later extended in the 1960s by Sir Edward Maufe.

We were awarded the ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ in the 2020 Welcome to Yorkshire ‘White Rose Awards’ and were a finalist in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ category (2022) and ‘Culture Award’ (2023) of the Yorkshire Post Tourism Awards and ‘Best Use of Digital – UK’ in the Museums+Heritage Awards 2022 – and you can come and see why! We have a wealth of Morris & Co textiles and stained glass; monuments marking many people and events from Bradford’s history including the Battle of the Steeple, the creation of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, and in memory of the Bradford City Fire. There’s also the WWI window; the cross and hangings in St Aidan’s Chapel, and many other plaques. More information can be found in our visitors’ guide.

Everyone is welcome at Bradford Cathedral – whether you come to pray; to explore the architecture and heritage of the building; to wander around our latest art exhibition; or to simply sit and enjoy the warmth and quiet of the building and grounds.

Our opening hours are Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, as well as for services and events. For any changes to these times, as well as to find out more about us, to book your place at an event or on a guided tour, or to hire the space, please explore this website, come to the Cathedral office, call us on 01274 77 77 20, or e-mail us on info@bradfordcathedral.org.

You can follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and watch videos and streamed services on our YouTube channel.

Environmental issues are also important to the Cathedral and we hold Eco Congregation status. We were the first Cathedral to have solar panels, and work on many environmental initiatives including the Cathedral Woodland Project.

Bradford Cathedral is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. For more information please visit our safeguarding page.

Mission Giving

The Cathedral community is committed to working with Mission partners, both within our local area of Bradford as well as nationally and internationally.

Fairtrade certificate

Eco Cathedral

Bradford Cathedral holds Eco Congregation status – the first cathedral in the north of England to receive this prestigious award. 

Cathedral Tower

Archive Records

If you’re looking for records of weddings and baptisms, you can find out more here.

East End of the Cathedral

What Is A Cathedral?

Find out about what makes a Cathedral and the Diocese of Leeds.

Cathedral strategy

Our Purpose

Serving Christ and transforming lives through welcome, worship and encounter.

Our Values

Hospitality, Wholeness, Faithfulness.

Our Strategic Priorities
  • To encounter God through worship, preaching, music, our story and the arts
  • To nurture faith and gifts through evangelism and discipleship for all ages, abilities and stages of life.
  • To grow a healthy organization through good governance, safeguarding, staff, congregation and volunteer care.
  • To resource the Church through working with the Bishop, the Diocese and our sister cathedrals.
  • To enrich city life through music and the arts, special services, civic engagement, events, other faith partnerships and reconciliation.
  • To achieve financial sustainability through good stewardship, income growth and fundraising.
  • To conserve and develop our heritage through marketing, visitor engagement and education, partnership and fulfilling our ambition of being an eco-cathedral.
  • To respond to human need through loving service.

In the media

No Ordinary Life film still

On the screen

No Ordinary Life (2022)

111 Places In Bradford That You Shouldn't Miss

In print

Every Day Bradford (Martin Greenwood) (2021)
111 Places in Bradford That You Shouldn’t Miss (Cath Muldowney) (2022)
Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales (2022)

In the press

Discover more about our appearances in the press this month, or visit our archive to see historical articles.

November 2023

Silver Eco Church Award Milestone Achieved by Bradford Cathedral (1st December 2023)

Bradford Cathedral Achieves Silver Eco Church Status: A Testament to Environmental Commitment (30th November 2023)

Bradford Cathedral achieves Silver Eco Church Status ahead of COP28 (30th November 2023)

Bradford Cathedral wins top award for helping environment (29th November 2023)

Bradford Cathedral gets Silver Eco Award (29th November 2023)

Cathedral Doors (28th November 2023)

Gareth Gates piece, inc. reference to him being a chorister here (28th November 2023)

Follow the Star: Join the Song single released by CofE (27th November 2023)

Bowling Park Primary School students’ book gets published (22nd November 2023)

Songs for Ukraine Chorus – Bradford Cathedral (20th November 2023)

Vicar of Oxenhope to be our new Archdeacon of Pontefract (20th November 2023)

Family of Bradford City player get his war grave corrected (18th Novemer 2023)

Songs for Ukraine Chorus to perform at Bradford Cathedral (18th November 2023)

Greystones Nursing Home is ordered to pay over £10,000 (17th November 2023) – also Yorkshire Post

Yorkshire Post Tourism Awards 2023: Shortlist revealed in full for celebration of region’s visitor attractions, hotels and events (15th November 2023)

Over 250 people at Festival of Remembrance at Bradford Cathedral (12th November 2023)

Brave Bradford soldier was awarded Freedom of City (12th November 2023)

The Royal Opera House welcomes Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla and a special audience for one-of-a-kind performance (10th November 2023)

Coverage of Festival of Remembrance (Telegraph and Argus / Yorkshire Post) (7th November 2023)

Bradford to benefit from Royal Opera House collaboration (1st November 2023)

Press Releases

Here are our current press releases

Bradford Cathedral Light Curtain and State Gate

Follow The Star: Bradford Cathedral invites you to celebrate Advent and Christmas with events and services

This year’s festive theme is ‘Follow the Star: Join The Song’ – and Bradford Cathedral would like to welcome you in this December

Festival of Remembrance 2023

Bradford Cathedral and Bradford Council hold the 77th Bradford Festival of Remembrance

Over 250 people – including civic and faith representatives, members of the armed forces, cadets, and the general public – gathered in Bradford Cathedral on Sunday 5th November 2023 for the 77th Bradford Festival of Remembrance.

Songs for Ukraine Chorus

Royal Opera House Songs for Ukraine on tour in Bradford

The Royal Opera House is delighted to begin a bold new creative partnership with the city of Bradford, starting this December with a Christmas concert featuring more than 130 singers from our Songs for Ukraine Chorus.

All Souls' Day 2022

Bradford Cathedral Holds All Souls’ Service to Remember Departed Loved Ones

The Eucharist on the evening of Thursday 2nd November 2023 will feature Fauré’s Requiem, sung by the Cathedral Consort.

A Service of Hope and Remembrance 2023

A Service of Hope and Remembrance held in Bradford Cathedral during National Hate Crime Awareness Week

A Service of Hope and Remembrance was held at Bradford Cathedral on Monday 16th October, at the start of this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer plaque

Cathedral event to explore the Bradford Declaration 90 Years On

‘Faith and Politics: The Bradford Declaration 90 Years On’ takes place at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 28th October 2023 at 3:30pm

A Service of Hope and Remembrance to be held at Bradford Cathedral to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week

The service, in conjunction with Bradford For Everyone and the Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, will take place at 7:30pm on Monday 16th October 2023 and will focus on religiously motivated hate, and will celebrate our city’s long and meaningful history of interfaith relationships

Family Activities

Bradford Cathedral Family Activities return for the October half-term

There are lots of things to see, do and discover for children of all ages, at the free Bradford Cathedral Family Activities, on Tuesday 24th October.

Journeys of Hope exhibition

Journeys of Hope: Bradford Cathedral hosting exhibitions of migration stories, in conjunction with the University of Bradford

During October and into November, Bradford Cathedral will be hosting an exhibition of Ugandan Asian migration stories, alongside stories from the Windrush Community.

Lady Chapel

Discover more about ‘Marvellous Morris & Co and their Stunning Stained Glass’ in Bradford Cathedral

Bradford Cathedral will be opening its doors on Saturday 9th September, where you can discover more about Morris & Co and their works in Bradford Cathedral

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