All visitors are welcome to Birmingham Cathedral no matter what their faith, culture or walk of life.
Open every day throughout the year, this small yet friendly building offers something for everyone, including:
The Burne-Jones windows with their inspiration both for artists and Christians
The beautifully proportioned Baroque Architecture, appealing to those who appreciate form
Those seeking a haven of peace and quiet in the middle of a bustling City for contemplation or prayer
The shop with their volunteers always ready with service and a smile
The Chaplains and Vergers on hand to comfort or provide an answer to that tricky question
The large, well maintained space around the Cathedral plays host to some interesting graves, for example that of the country's smallest person, as well as a meeting place for hundreds of locals especially in the summer months
A Little History. . .
A place of worship and prayer since at least the early 1700s, the Cathedral is a living organism with services, choir practices and meetings taking place at times throughout most days but visitors are always welcome to come in and, if appropriate, take part. Our aims are to be a Parish Church to the local community and the springboard of mission for the city, and all visitors are embraced by those two tasks.
We ask that those visiting us respect our building, our staff and our faith. Most people are not aware that Churches receive no support from the state, relying on donations and the generosity of all those who come into contact with us. If you do feel moved to give a donation for our work or upkeep there are boxes available.
We are always open to ideas and suggestions so do please feedback your experience or make constructive comment by contacting the Cathedral.
Baptisms and Weddings
If you are wishing to enquire about baptism or marriage please refer to the Worship page, contact us or, if visiting the Cathedral, make yourself known to the Visitors’ Chaplain or Verger.
School and Group Visits
We welcome student and non-student groups of all ages to visit the Cathedral and have a guided tour. Timings are subject to services and events but please let us know when you would like to come and we will do our best to find a time that suits you. We have a number of Visitors’ Chaplains who offer their services as guides and know a great deal about the Cathedral. By booking in advance we can arrange for someone to be available to talk you through the history and life of the Cathedral.
To make an enquiry about a visit, please click here.
We receive the occasional enquiry about ancestors buried in the churchyard. There are 60,000 to 80,000 burials here, with no known location records. Very few people could afford the luxury of a headstone, and most of those that were put up have disappeared with time. There are about 100 monuments left visible and new ones are added to mark a person or event of significance, those who died in the 1974 Pub bombing for example.
We hold no historic records here, since they have long been held by the County Records Office in the Archives Section of the Birmingham Central Library. There they have microfilm copies of the registers which are available for public access in the Local Studies and History Department on the 6th Floor of the Library. You may also be able to use your local LDS Family History Centre to order a copy to view.
The contact details for the Records Office are:
Birmingham Central Library
Telephone: (+44) 121 303 4217
The Main Library number is (+44) 121 303 4511
Local Studies and History section number is (+44) 121 303 4549