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“A most glorious parish church”

St Mary Redcliffe Church
Ranked #7 of 219 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 24 June 2014

You see the spire long before you reach the church. In fact standing outside you cannot get everything on to one photo it is so massive. Built by the Bristol merchants in competition with the Cathedral it is a wonderful building of great architectural, historical and religious significance. Entry is free and you can just wander around gazing at what our forefathers were able to build with simple hand tools.

There is a cafe in the undercroft and car parking just across the road (paying). If you are in a wheelchair you need to have a fit pusher to get you up the hill so you can enter on the flat by the north door but it is well sign posted and well worth the effort. And you can see the beautiful roofs without having to crane your neck. If you are staying in the city centre well worth a detour as it is not far at all and you will have the chance to see Queen Square.

Thank wheelchairmike
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

....said Elizabeth 1 of St Mary, Redcliffe. It is not a cathedral - Bristol has two of those, each with their own charms but there is no doubt that Redcliffe's parish church is rather spectacular. It is also very welcoming with a really good cafe in the undercroft (run by recovering addicts and serving a good range of reasonably priced food). There are are regular (free) lunchtime recitals on the splendid organ and it's just down the road from the main railway station. Don't miss it!

1  Thank roger W
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Came across this huge Gothic cathedral on our walk from Bristol station. Very impressive and of great historical interest. Clearly the highlight in an otherwise drab city

Thank Johnnyblueb
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

It's well worth the short walk through Queens Square to St Mary Redcliffe. It's gothic splendour is outstanding and the magnificent roof takes your breath away. After spending at least an hour looking around the church it was good to relax in the Arc Cafe. I can recommend the cakes. All the foods are reasonably priced and are of a high standard.

1  Thank Andy and Kath M
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is one of Bristol's finest churches with an amazing history. It has a stunning interior, beautiful stained glass windows and just so much to look at and see.

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