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St Abbs, on the eastern Scottish Borders, Scotland

St Abbs in the county of Borders

View of the house and gardens at Eltham Palace, South London.

Eltham in the county of Greater London

Pictures of Bristol Cathedral

a Cathedral in the town of Bristol, in the county of Somerset

About Bristol Cathedral

The great, stirring building of Bristol Cathedral was initially given cathedral status by Henry VIII, at this time it was a Norman monastic church dating from around the 12th-century. Very little survives from this period save for the chapter house, its adjoining buildings and the great gate-house with its 15th-century upper floor.

The chapter house has superb Romanesque decoration of interlaced arcading, it is a triumph of the artistry of early craftsmen, as is the carved patterning to its walls. The choir is medieval, showing fine misericords - of great interest is the carving of the Romance of Reynard Fox.

Interestingly, this cathedral begun so many centuries ago was only completed in the 19th-century when the nave was built and the two western towers added. It was designed to be a "Hall" church with aisles of the same height as the central part of the building, this is an unusual church feature, another is the vaulting to the central aisle and yet another appears in the ante-room to the Berkeley Chapel to the south of the choir, which shows an early piece of 14th-century skeleton vault.

Following the reformation the dedication of the cathedral was changed, it became the cathedral church of The Holy and Undivided Trinity. Apart from magnificent architecture, inside the church visitors can see a wealth of church treasures, these include fine monuments from several centuries. Scattered among the cathedral gardens are graves and tombs covering hundreds of years.

Readers will be interested to note that in 1978 the cathedral was used in scenes of the film "The Medusa Touch" which amongst other famous actors starred Richard Burton and Lee Remick. In the film the cathedral was mentioned as Minster cathedral, London.

On a pleasant summer day the rose garden to the rear of the cathedral is a pleasant place to sit and rest.

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A view across Avon from Bristol Bridge, Bristol, Somerset.

Bristol (311 Pictures)

a Historic City in the county of Somerset

(1.9 miles, 3.0 km, direction NE)

Bristol Zoo is not this great city's only claim to fame..

River Avon, Bath, Somerset.

Bath (835 Pictures)

a Historic City in the county of Somerset

(11.6 miles, 18.7 km, direction SE)

Bath is an elegant city famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture and its Roman attractions from which it got it's name. The traveller James Boswell who visited the city.....

Goughs cave Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar (132 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Somerset

(14.4 miles, 23.2 km, direction SW)

Often called 'Englands Grand Canyon' Chedder Gorge was carved out by a river that now runs underground...

View Up The Street from the Bridge Over By Brook in Castle Combe

Castle Combe (203 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Wiltshire

(16.3 miles, 26.3 km, direction E)

Tucked away in the Cotswolds, Castle Combe is a quintessential English village with honey-colored stone houses, a medieval market cross, and a peaceful ambiance. It's an idyllic destination for a relaxing countryside getaway...

Wells Cathedral, Somerset

Wells (137 Pictures)

in the county of Somerset

(17.1 miles, 27.6 km, direction S)

Wells, situated at the foot of the picturesque mendip hills, is most certainly one of England's most delightful cathedral cities...

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Recommended attractions near Bristol Cathedral

The At-Bristol planetarium. Bristol

At-Bristol (1 Pictures)

(0.3 miles, 0.5 km)


Bristol - Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower, Bristol (8 Pictures)

(0.5 miles, 0.8 km)

One of two towers dominating the Bristol skyline, and not far from Brunel's Suspension Bridge, Cabot tower stands 100ft high.....

View of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Clifton, Bristol, Somerset. Summer 2004

Clifton Suspension Bridge (44 Pictures)

(1.4 miles, 2.2 km, direction W)

Bristol's graceful Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It spans the Avon Gorge some 245ft above.....

Dyrham Park,  National Trust owned house in Between Bristol and Chippenham

Dyrham Park (8 Pictures)

(9.8 miles, 15.8 km, direction E)

This engaging house sits serenely in a beautiful wooded Gloucestershire valley, surrounded by an old deer park. It is built of.....

Beckford's Tower, Bath

Beckford's Tower & Museum (3 Pictures)

(10.0 miles, 16.2 km, direction E)

Designed by Henry Edmund Goodridge in 1825 for William Beckford, one of the nation's most accomplished and interesting characters.....

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