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“Cathedral Exemplar”

Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips)
Ranked #31 of 293 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I had not realised this place was known for its small dimensions b4 reading other reviewers...it cert . Makes up for that in it's beauty internally and atmosphere. A beautiful cool and peaceful retreat , espec. On a boiler of a day. The 4BJ windows take your breath away, the organ too seems of some standing,contemporary sculpture also...there was ample purchasable literature and information to explain all facets and the places 300 yr old history. Lots of welcome seating outside for a picnic ....st. Mary's in EDINBURGH could take a lesson here re welcoming ...rather than gravel and not a single seat. I recital would cert. be worth attending re the organ....not sure who the big bury trust are...who funded it's renovation.

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BirminghamCathedral, Public Relations Manager at Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips), responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2014

We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful CAthedral. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This is one of the smallest cathedral in the United Kingdom, but it anyway has its own charm. First of all, because of its peculiar structure. Having been built in the first years of neoclassicism, the cathedral still shows elements of baroque style, for what's about the external wall and the clock tower, for example.

Beside this, the best element at all is the welcoming atmosphere you can enjoy inside the cathedral. Clerics have always been keen to explain me the history of the cathedral, and really kind when looking at me taking pictures (too many, I must say).

One tip: check on the cathedral's website for choir masses. It would add an interesting experience to your visit.

3  Thank Francesco_Finucci
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Although unable, for reasons of distance, to attend the Evensong
broadcast on 9th April, I was transported there by the radio, and can
confirm that the choir and organ-playing are just as described and praised in several posts on this site. Well worth a visit. But Oh Dear! The mousy female cantor rubbed it in even more than other Anglican cathedrals do, what a disaster women clergy are from a musical point of view. This one did not only (like the rest) lack the volume to hold her own with the choir, but could not even pitch every note correctly and hold it steady. Such a shame! (R.K., Sutherland.)

1  Thank Roger K
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

According to wiki this is the third smallest cathedral in the country. We met the chaplain who we had a nice chat with. The Burnes-Jones windows are stunning. I'd recommend taking the time to visit and enjoy the peace of this beautiful building regardless of your religion or not.

1  Thank H B
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We were welcomed by a very friendly woman who explained lots of 'nice to knows' about the history of this cathedral, for example their marvellous stained glass windows.

1  Thank Jules J
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