Birmingham Cathedral

Birmingham Cathedral

Birmingham Cathedral
4.5
07:30 - 18:30
Monday
07:30 - 18:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 18:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 18:30
Thursday
07:30 - 18:30
Friday
07:30 - 18:30
Saturday
08:30 - 17:00
Sunday
08:30 - 17:00
About
The UK's third smallest Cathedral, but truly stunning and the only green space within the city. Designed in a fine English Baroque style, this elegant Cathedral is decorated with four stained glass windows by Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones. Daily services and prayer, Cathedral shop open most days. All are welcome.
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Neighbourhood: Ladywood
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Pauline S
Godalming, UK6 contributions
Burne-Jones at his best
Oct 2021
Worthwhile visiting this small cathedral, taking in its atmosphere and spectacular Burne-Jones windows!
Written 25 October 2021
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Ashley B
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
Take your time here
Aug 2021
I've passed by it so many times in my life and now ive decided to do some "local" tourism and finally gave it the attention it deserved and what a stunning cathedral! Its quite a peaceful place, was greeted by the vicar and it was all a lovely experience, I am positive I will come back.
Written 8 September 2021
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Laura C
5 contributions
Lovely cathedral and interesting churchyard tour
Aug 2021
Birmingham Cathedral is a lovely English Baroque style building, very unique compared to other cathedrals in England that I have visited. I went on a churchyard tour which was really interesting and provided a lot of information about the history of the cathedral and churchyard. I then went inside the cathedral which is only small but very impressive. It was very quiet when I visited and a chaplain told me all about the stained glass within the cathedral. It was a really interesting experience and the people who work there were very helpful. If you have an interest in cathedrals then I would highly recommend visiting Birmingham Cathedral.
Written 26 August 2021
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Liam K
Birmingham, UK7 contributions
Observation
Jun 2021
When it is open it is nice and quiet inside, a real relaxing place away from the hustle and bustle of the city,
But I don't see it open that much
Written 26 June 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are currently open daily from 10am to 12noon. However, last week we had to close due to maintenance work. From the 19th July we hope to be open longer. Pre-covid the cathedral would open each morning for morning prayer and close at 6:30pm. There are times due to the nature of the building that we have to close at short notice. Once government restrictions are fully lifted our new Welcome Desk will be open from 10:30 to 15:30 Monday to Saturday. We look forward to welcoming you again soon and thank you again for your review.
Written 30 June 2021
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John
Leavenworth, KS1,297 contributions
Birmingham's Cathedral on the Hill
Dec 2019
Birmingham Cathedral – St Phillips. If you trace your ancestry through Birmingham, chances are that you may have ancestors who worshiped at St Phillips. Built in 1715 as the new church on the hill, it was designated at the new cathedral at Birmingham and has been an exquisite example of English Baroque architecture for over 300 years. It, along with St Martin in the Bullring, is among the oldest churches in Birmingham still used for their original purposes. During the Second World War, extensive external structures were built to save the original stained-glass windows, as Birmingham suffered several bombing runs by the Luftwaffe and many other churches were destroyed. There are thought to be about 60,000 burials in the churchyard, which was closed to new burials in 1858. A visit to the graves reflects the breadth of professions in the industrial heartland of Birmingham. Several of my ancestors were christened or married in this church. Visited late fall 2019.
Written 30 November 2020
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Dear John, Thank you so much for taking the time to review Birmingham Cathedral. You're so right about having a strong connection with the cathedral. People are amazing to discover this. We hope to see you again at the cathedral soon. Best wishes, Liz @ Birmingham Cathedral
Written 16 April 2021
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,128 contributions
Stunning.
Sep 2020 • Friends
Having just checked into our hotel we begun our 5 days trip to Birmingham by having a walk around and we chanced upon Birmingham Cathedral .
The seat of the Bishop Of Birmingham and constructed between 1710 - 1725 ,it was actually consecrated in 1715 ,this beautiful Grade I listed cathedral is built in the Baroque style of architecture that is so pleasing on the eye from designs from architect Thomas Archer ,its also known as St Philips and is the third smallest cathedral in England.
During world war two the cathedral suffered extensive damage and was restored to its former glory in 1948 .
We walked through the beautiful well kept grounds and I must say the cathedral really is stunning ,the bell tower which was later added in 1725 is the most fantastic feature of the cathedral, very photogenic, makes for some great photographic opportunities and is easy to locate along Colmore Row .
Most definitely well worth a visit if you're in the area or planning to visit Birmingham.
Written 10 September 2020
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Hi there, What a lovely review of the cathedral thank you! We're so pleased you enjoyed your impromptu visit the both Cathedral Square and Birmingham Cathedral. We hope you are able to come back and visit us again soon. Best wishes, Liz @BhamCathedral
Written 16 April 2021
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BobHFilmEditor
Epsom, UK86 contributions
A classic worth a look.
Feb 2020
A lovely old church pretending to be a cathedral. Its outside looks are a bit drab but that's how it was designed. Inside is typical of a good sized church, with good stained glass and a lot of history. There is sometimes a volunteer church person to give you information, and its easy to sit for a moment and just take in the atmosphere of this proud Cathedral. Nice spaces outside too, to sit and contemplate.
Written 31 August 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review the cathedral, it's so appreciated by all who work, volunteer and worship here. When we reopen fully, we will have a Welcome Manager to greet visitors, so our warm welcome will be strengthened. Hope to see you back at Birmingham Cathedral again soon. Best wishes, Liz @BhamCathedral
Written 16 April 2021
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David
Madrid, Spain3,992 contributions
St Philip's Cathedral, one of the smallest cathedrals in UK.
Nov 2019
This Baroque-style cathedral, one of the smallest in the UK, was completed in the 18th century. Its stained glass windows stand out, specially when it's sunny.
Written 30 August 2020
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Hi David, Thank you for taking the time to review the cathedral. You're right, we are one of the smallest, but for a good reason. We are the church that became a cathedral in the town that became a city! Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Liz @BhamCathedral
Written 16 April 2021
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Roger Kershaw
Inverness, UK2 contributions
Beautiful building, more than ever, but...
Mar 2020
It's a beautiful building, more than ever, and the choir is of high quality. But as of March 2020 the cathedral seems to have overlooked my plea in Trip Advisor, 15 April 2014 ("Miserere Nostri") that the unmusical lady cantor with the quavering, mousy voice should be moved aside. Perhaps she could speak the prayers instead of singing them? This would not detract from holy zeal but enhance it.

Thank you,

Roger Kershaw (Assynt, Highland),
Written 30 March 2020
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Hello Roger, We hope you are keeping well in these unsettling times. Thank you for taking time to leave another review. We always strive for excellence and a warm welcome. I'm very sorry you didn't quite enjoy the leading prayers. Hope to see you back at the cathedral again soon and perhaps receive a third review! Take care, Liz @BhamCathedral
Written 16 April 2021
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,789 contributions
Worth spotting
Mar 2020
Birmingham Cathedral is on a good size piece of land called Cathedral square the entire area including the Cathedral (which is impressive) could do with some TLC, worth a viewing of the stained glass windows.
Written 15 March 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to visit us. Your feedback is most important to us and will help us improve our visitor experience. Please do come and see us again when restrictions allow.
Written 18 May 2021
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Birmingham Cathedral is open:
  • Mon - Fri 07:30 - 18:30
  • Sat - Sun 08:30 - 17:00