If you’re visiting St Chad’s Cathedral in the city centre and looking for a convenient car park, then look no further than B4. This award-winning car park is just a 4 minute walk away on Weaman Street.
St Chad’s was the first Catholic cathedral erected in England since the Reformation. Constructed of brick with Bath stone dressings, St Chad’s was built between 1839 and 1841. Designed in north German 13th century style by Welby Northmore Pugin, it was consecrated by Bishop Walsh on 21 June 1841. Edward Welby, the eldest son of Pugin, added the south-west spire in 1856. In 1933 St Edward’s Chapel was added by Pugin’s grandson, Sebastian Pugin Powell.
Pugin was the world famous pioneer of Gothic revival architecture in England and designed many cathedrals, churches and convents. Pugin was also responsible for much of the interiors of the Houses of Parliament in London.
St Chad’s possesses a large collection of medieval furnishings and carvings collected by Pugin. In addition the Cathedral is especially proud of its unique collection of stained glass, metalwork and vestments made to Pugin’s designs by John Hardman and Co.
St Chad’s Cathedral Choir dates from 1841, when the Cathedral was opened. The Choir sing at the High Mass on Sundays, holydays of obligation and on the other major liturgical occasions during the year. The repertoire ranges from plainsong to contemporary mass settings and anthems with a particular emphasis on renaissance polyphony. There have been several broadcasts on BBC Radio 4.
As part of the Cathedral’s 150th anniversary restoration the firm of J W Walker & Sons was commissioned at the end of 1990 to build a new organ for St Chad’s Cathedral.
Since its installation, the organ has won plaudits from organists all over the world and is considered to be one of the finest in the country. It has featured on recordings by David Saint, Henry Fairs and Paul Carr and been broadcast on Radio 3. The organ is also used extensively for teaching and masterclasses.
The Cathedral has a beautiful set of bells hung for full-circle ringing in the North-West Tower. The eight bells form a diatonic octave in the key of F Major, with the heaviest bell (the tenor) weighing 15 cwt. 3 qr. & 6 lb. The bells were recast by Taylor Loughborough in 1940.
The Cathedral bells are rung regularly by the St Chad’s Cathedral Society of Change Ringers. The bells are rung each Sunday morning after High Mass and for all major Cathedral services.
Monday to Friday
The Cathedral opens at 7.00am and closes at 5.00pm.
The Cathedral opens at 7.00am and closes after the Vigil Mass for Sunday.
The Cathedral opens at 8.00am and closes after High Mass.
Closing times may differ on all days if there is a diocesan event.
Check for the most up-to-date information on mass and opening times before you travel by visiting their website.
Heritage Open Days
Each year the Cathedral conducts Heritage Tours providing an opportunity to see parts of the Cathedral rarely open to the public. Tours last approximately 2 hours. For further information click here.
The Cathedral holds a number of events throughout the year including organ recitals and choral concerts. To get the latest calendar of events and up to date information, visit the Cathedral’s website.
B4 Car Park offers both convenience and great value for those visiting St Chad’s Cathedral. Once parked it only takes 4 minutes to walk to the Cathedral. Bright and clean, modern and safe – B4 is open all day, every day and has six levels of spacious parking available.
B4 is open to everyone, but you can benefit from extra savings if you sign-up for FREE B4 membership. At weekends members get a 50% discount off the standard tariff, and during the week they get a 20% discount off the standard tariff.