The 11 Most Impressive Buildings in Bristol, UK

Clifton Cathedral | ©John Lord/Flickr
Clifton Cathedral | ©John Lord/Flickr
Photo of Colette Earley
27 May 2017

The historic city of Bristol has an abundance of beautiful buildings, each with their own story and purpose. We’ve rounded up 11 must-see buildings in the city that architecture fans will love to visit.

St Mary Redcliffe Church

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St Marys Redcliffe
St Marys Redcliffe | © Shawn Spencer-Smith/Flickr
This beautiful church, situated on Redcliffe Hill, is a pure masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Over 800 years old, the building boasts impressive ironwork, incredible stained glass windows and a infamous organ. Even just admiring this building from the outside is inspiring.

Arnos Vale Cemetery

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Arnos Vale
Arnos Vale | ©Bio Blitz/Flickr
Based on a walled Greek Necropolis, this beautiful cemetery building is very aesthetically pleasing, to say the least. Made up of four Grade-II listed buildings (two Entrance Lodges and two Mortuary Chapels), this is a really breathtaking piece of architecture that’s not to be missed.

Saint Stephen's

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This church seems slightly out of place, hiding away in its own garden right off busy Corn St in the city centre. The fairly small but incredibly pretty building was first built in 1248, was rebuilt 1470 and again in 1703, after a lot of damage caused by the Great Storm.

The Victoria Rooms

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The Victoria Rooms is somewhat of a Bristol landmark, standing tall at the famous Clifton Triangle. First opened in 1842, the cultural venue has hosted the likes of Charles Dickens, who did a number of readings at the building. Nowadays, the Victoria Rooms plays a bit part in Bristol’s music scene, with a 700-seat auditorium and a number of recording studios.

Clifton Cathedral

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Clifton Cathedral
Clifton Cathedral | ©Catedrales e Iglesias/Flickr
This stunning building was built by architects in 1965, the concept being to create enough space for up to 1,000 people to be close to the High Altar to enable them to really feel a part of the Mass, which is why the building is such a unique shape.