About Us

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

Bradford Cathedral is a hidden jewel 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 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.

Our theme for 2022 is Reflect. Revive. Rejoice. We are reflecting on the effects of the past two years; reviving many of our activities; and rejoicing in the hope of the future.

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 visit our website, come to the Cathedral office, or call us on 01274 77 77 20.

You can follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and watch videos and streamed services on our YouTube channel. In 2022 we were short-listed for ‘Best Use of Digital – UK’ at the Museums+Heritage Awards.

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.

Cathedral Grounds

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)

In the press

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

Press Releases

Here are our current press releases

St. Oswald's Choir

St Oswald’s Church, Guiseley are our next visiting choir

The Choir of St Oswald’s Church in Guiseley will be the next visiting choir at Bradford Cathedral, singing at Evensong on Saturday 20th August and our two services on Sunday 21st August.

Photographer Kate Abbey stands in the Bradford Cathedral nave in front of some of her photos.

Artist in Residence exhibition extended to end of August

Kate Abbey’s exhibition – ‘As we journey together: an exploration of Faith in Bradford’ – has been extended until Wednesday 31st August.

Cathedral Music Trust - Horizontal Logo

Come and Sing Evensong 

On Sunday 11th September, Bradford Cathedral has a rare and exciting opportunity for everyone to sing evensong in their magnificent Grade I listed Gothic building, accompanied by the cathedral’s world-class choir. 

Leavers' Services 2022

We welcome in 600 Year 6 pupils for Leavers’ Services

The pupils – from twelve Church of England schools across the District – joined together in the Cathedral for a service of songs, stories and even a magic trick!

The Very Revd Andy Bowerman

Andy Bowerman to Become the New Dean of Bradford

His Institution and Induction as Vicar of the Parish of St Peter Bradford and his Installation as Dean of Bradford took place on Sunday

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