St. Chad's Cathedral
St. Chad's Cathedral
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The first Roman Catholic cathedral built in England since the Reformation that features one of the finest decorated church ceilings in the Midlands.
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SergioR1
Eastbourne, UK865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Twin towers façade. Tall red brick building. First catholic cathedral built after the reformation. Famous Pugin design and beautiful stain glass windows.
Written 29 July 2023
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permia
Ireland61,368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Pugin designed, it is a beautiful place of Catholic worship. Had first vistas of it after alighting from the tram, from where superlative perspectives of it can be seen.

Largely finished in the early 1840s, it received Cathedral status in 1852. Fascinating to discover that it was one of the first Catholic churches constructed after the Reformation in the 1500s.

After admiring the fine exterior, stepping inside was revelatory. A marvellous vista is along the central aisle with gorgeous columns and arches. An inspiring altar area has ornate embellishments and a background of stained glass, of which there is a profusion throughout.

A magnificent organ is in the traditional elevated placement. Stations of the Cross powerfully relate the account of Christ’s suffering for humanity.
Written 2 July 2023
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Rubyreg
Birmingham, UK280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Attended the Christmas carol concert at St Chads Cathedral, beautiful building inside and the choir were amazing.
Well worth visiting
Written 23 January 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,31,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
My twin brother Stephen and I were heading to The Gunmaker Quarter, we were in fact heading to Indian Brewing Company ( Snowhill ) to enjoy some craft beers and a meal and we passed this most beautiful of churches .
Constructed between 1839 - 1841 from designs from architect Augustus Welby Pugin and dedicated to Saint Chad Of Mercia ,its a fantastic Grade II Listed building.
The foundation stone was laid on October 1839 and consecrated on 21st June 1841 ,the 16th Earl Of Shrewsbury John Talbot was a major benefactor of the cathedral, the church received cathedral status in 1850 by Pope Pius IX ,its located in the Gunmakers Quarter , during world war two with its location in The Gunmaker Quarter this area became a target for the German airforce, an incendiary bomb crashed through the roof and hit some water pipes which burst and extinguished the fire ,an act of God perhaps , to celebrate this fortunate act on the transept ceiling are the words DEO GRATIAS 22 NOV 1940 ( thank be to God) .
I loved the look of this church, its twin spires, its brick facades ,the beautiful gardens housing the church, its a really grand piece of architecture, very photogenic, makes for some great photographic opportunities and is easy to locate along St Chads Queensway, most definitely well worth checking out if you're in the area.
Written 4 October 2020
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Bluesky91
Kingston upon Thames, UK584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Loving all things Pugin, we visited Birmingham with the sole purpose of visiting St Chad's. The cathedral was built by George Myers (‘Pugin’s Builder’) and the original internal decorations and fittings were made by craftsmen who reintroduced medieval techniques of production. One of the finest neo-gothic church buildings in England, opened in 1841. Much of the work is by Hardman & Co. It contains some splendid 19th century stained glass made by Hardmans, a 16th century Flemish pulpit, and a late medieval statue of the Virgin Mary, as well as one of the largest new manual organs in the UK, built by Walkers & Co in 1993.
Wonderful Minton floor tiles, gorgeous ceiling, fabulous wall decorations. As soon as you step inside you'll be in awe. Because many fittings were removed in the 1960s and some redecoration was undertaken, its appearance today is a said to be a shadow of how it was originally conceived by Pugin, but its enduring beauty is testament to the skill of its original designers. Closed at this point in time due to the coronavirus, check their website for updates.
Written 2 April 2020
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Wandering Wonderings
Hastings, UK3,244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
This building is absolutely beautiful. The ceiling has an amazing design on it and the stained glass around the building is lovely. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 2 March 2019
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Mary B
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
What a fabulous Cathedral - maybe I am biased as I did get married there way way back in 1971. To this day it remains a beautiful Cathedral and one well worth visiting. It has amazing stained glass windows which are things of immense beauty. There are severa smaller altars which are rather quaint. The detail is truly wonderful. The confessional boxes are intricate and one wonders how imaginative the workers were who spent time on them with limited tools in by gone past. Only draw back is the very limited parking.
Written 7 October 2018
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mojad1975
Birmingham, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Visited this church it's fantastic the stain glass is wonderful the statues are great. I always go to this church nice place of worship.
Written 9 August 2018
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David B
Wolverhampton, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
A must for those interested in Victorian Gothic as A. W. Pugin designed the cathedral. When it opened in 1841 it was the first post-Reformation Catholic cathedral in Britain. It has been magnificently restored in recent years which has brought to life the richly decorated roof, chapels and organ. The stained glass is beautiful and there are very attractive 'Stations of the Cross' lining the walls. Catching a 40 minute lunchtime organ recital provides the chance to properly admire the building whilst listening to wonderful music.
Written 3 May 2018
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339334
Dudley, UK753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We went to hear the Birmingham Bach Choir perform a choral concert, with some readings from the Archbishop of Birmingham interspersed. It was a truly wonderful experience, and musically fabulous, but the architecture on its own would have inspired a sense of awe and wonder.

St Chad's is the Roman Catholic Cathedral for Birmingham, but is earlier - and more cathedral-like, in my opinion - than the Anglican cathedral up the road. This is because there is a much greater sense of space and grandeur here and, unlike the decoration of some Catholic cathedrals around Europe, is light, warm and draws you in. As a practising Anglican, I felt immensely at home in this building.

I don't know if the building is open during the day to visit, but it would be worth going and sitting quietly in there for a few minutes. A lovely place of contemplation and faith.
Written 25 March 2018
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