Guided Tours

Bradford Cathedral is the oldest building in Bradford and Christians have worshipped on this hill near the “broad ford”, from which Bradford got its name, for almost 1,400 years. The oldest part of this building, the third church built on the site, dates from 1458 but there are visible fragments dating from Anglo-Saxon times. 


A tour of Bradford Cathedral will include: the pre-Reformation rood steps and intricately carved font canopy; the stained glass windows and altar frontal designed by William Morris & Co., with designs by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and others in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; information about the Cathedral's role in the Battle of the Steeple and other skirmishes during the English Civil War, when woolsacks were hung from the Tower, to preserve the church from Royalist attack and destruction. 


You will also be able to look closely at the stunning World War One “story” Window, the magnificent West Window and a range of interesting monuments dating from the 1600s onwards and displaying the social history of former times. 


We offer group tours on weekday afternoons (not Fridays) between 3pm and 4:30pm, subject to availability of dates and guides. Please check with the Cathedral Office for availability. Booking is essential.


As well as a general tour there is the option of the addition of a short talk on the history of church architecture or Bradford Cathedral textiles. 


Groups are most welcome to extend their visit by joining us for Choral Evensong at 5:45pm.