Bristol is a city of about 500,000 people in southwest England, close to Wales. Thanks to its port, it has been continuously settled since prehistoric times. A thoroughly modern city, Bristol is nevertheless home to several historic religious monuments. Bristol Cathedral was founded in the Norman period, although much of it was rebuilt in the 19th century. The Church of St. Mary Redcliffe, with a tall and slender Gothic spire, is one of the largest and finest parish churches in the country. There are also a number of sights of Protestant interest in Bristol, thanks to the city's connection with John Wesley, founder of Methodism. Follow a link below to explore the religious heritage of Bristol and plan a trip to experience it for yourself.
Wesley's New Room
The first Methodist chapel in the country, the New Room was built by John Wesley in 1739. The design is attractive in its simplicity and features the double pulpit from which Wesley preached.
St. Mary Redcliffe
St Mary Redcliffe is a grand Anglican parish church that is often mistaken for a cathedral. It is the second-largest parish church in England and the tallest building in Bristol.
Bristol Cathedral began life as a Norman abbey church, became an Anglican Cathedral after the Dissolution in 1539, and was almost entirely rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style in the late 19th century.