Explore a Cathedral this Weekend – 5 of Britain’s Best

St Paul’s Cathedral
Photo: Flickr – James F Clay

When planning a trip out it is certainly worth having a look at some of Britain’s Cathedrals. The vast amounts of history and stunning architectural beauty they have to offer, as well as atmospheric pre-eminence make them fantastic places to go and see.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s is perhaps the most obvious choice and has more than earned its prestige as a World Heritage Site. Hugely popular with tourists and nestled in the heart of London it has the perfect ingredients for a wonderful day out. There are guided tours on offer that will take you on a breathtaking journey through the Cathedral and Crypt. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can climb the Dome and experience the Whispering Gallery first hand; where a whisper from one side can be heard as clear as a bell around 100 feet away. Acoustically astounding, St. Paul’s will not disappoint your expectations, no matter how grand they are.

St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Built in 1158, St. Andrew’s Cathedral has suffered from numerous fires and storms as well as lootings and vandalism. Because of this it has fallen into ruin, but a spectacular 350 square feet of ruin nonetheless. Situated in the city of Fife, the Cathedral is set in a beautiful location just North of Edinburgh and very near to the coast. Inside its impressive remains visitors will get the opportunity to have a look through the burial ground records, see the Pictish stone carvings and walk up and down the nave.

Chester Cathedral

Welcoming thousands of visitors from around the world each year, Chester Cathedral is certainly an inspiring place to visit. Set right in the heart of Chester amidst glorious countryside, the Cathedral is steeped in history. One of its most famous attributes is its organ, which has been a regularly used feature since 1626. This grade I listed building is well worth seeing and the audio tour around it and the monastery buildings is a fantastic way to learn about the exciting architectural features. You can even sit and relax in Chester Gardens, where you will find the ‘Water of Life’ fountain sculpture.

Winchester Cathedral

One of the largest cathedrals in England, Winchester Cathedral is home to a rich and vibrant past. Inside the cathedral you can see medieval sculptures, 12th century wall paintings and the renowned 800 year old Winchester Bible. The cathedral’s surroundings are similarly well-known as the celebrated writer Jane Austen is buried in the graveyard. For those of you who are feeling energetic the Bell Tower is brilliant to climb as the top offers spectacular views across Winchester. And if that doesn’t satisfy your curiosity, then the pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows will prove to be a treat.

Truro Cathedral

A mixture of French and early English styles, Truro Cathedral is a sight to behold. What makes it stand out from the rest is the fact that it was completed at the turn of the 20th Century, making it the first new Cathedral to be built in Britain for more than 800 years. The vaulted ceilings, paintings, tombs and stained glass windows are something that everyone visiting Cornwall should experience. Although it is a gothic revival, this cathedral is incredibly unique, as its indoor garden suggests. So if you want a dramatic, exciting and marvellous experience, Truro Cathedral is a real must-see.