Clifton Cathedral

The Cathedral Church at Clifton is the mother church of the Diocese of Clifton which covers the neighbouring counties of North Somerset, Bath, North and South Gloucester, Wiltshire, South Somerset, and the City and County of Bristol. Over 130,000 Catholics look to the Cathedral not as an architectural monument, but as a symbol and focus for the unity of the church, especially when together with their bishop and the priests, they celebrate the Eucharist in the Cathedral.

Construction began in March 1970, with the foundation stone being laid by the then Bishop of Clifton, Bishop Joseph Rudderham in September 1970. The Cathedral was completed in May 1973, and consecrated and opened on June 29th, the feast of the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul, under whose patronage the Cathedral is placed.

The Cathedral has an international reputation for the celebration of the Liturgy and is also regularly used for music in public concert and for tuition - continuing the tradition of the Church's patronage of the arts. It is the Parish Church for those living in the immediate area, so that there is a regular Sunday and weekday worshipping community with a full range of caring apostolate activities, many undertaken in conjunction with other Christians from neighbouring churches. The Cathedral community reaches out in service to the wider community, the Diocesan family, and through the Parish Project to the needy and developing peoples throughout the world.

Venue Type:

Sacred space

Clifton Cathedral
Cathedral Church of SS Peter and Paul
Clifton Cathedral House
Clifton Park
City of Bristol




0117 973 8411


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