Nottingham Cathedral

Nottingham Cathedral
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A lavishly decorated sacrament chapel and a huge organ are among the highlights of this splendid 19th-century religious landmark.

Nottingham Cathedral (aka St. Barnabas Cathedral) is a grand Gothic Revival-style church that hosts both religious services and performances by contemporary musicians. Admire the dramatic exterior of Nottingham Cathedral and then study the ornamental interior.

Established in 1844, the cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Nottingham and the primary church of Nottingham’s Roman Catholic diocese. This protected building was designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, who was the architect of London’s iconic Houses of Parliament. A defining feature of the exterior is the 150-feet (46-meter) tall spire. Note the carved stone statues of saintly figures that stand in niches.

Inside, rows of pointed arches supported by octagonal-shaped pillars line the nave and create a feeling of airiness. Between the arches are decorative medallions with winged figures holding shields with the initials of the apostles.

Set aside some time to appreciate the colorfully painted Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Other notable aspects are carved depictions of the Stations of the Cross, a hanging tester and gilded stone font.

In the north ambulatory is the magnificent organ, which provides music during services and often accompanies the cathedral choir. Check the event schedule for choir concerts and performances of works by composers such as J.S. Bach and Monteverdi. In June, a festival features a cappella groups, baritones, brass ensembles and singer-songwriters.

The cathedral stands at the edge of Nottingham city center and approximately 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from the city’s train station. Metered parking is available on the surrounding streets. Nearby are popular entertainment venues such as the Theatre Royal Concert Hall and Nottingham Playhouse. Outside the latter is British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, a polished steel sculpture angled towards the sky.

Nottingham Cathedral opens its doors to visitors and worshippers every day of the year. Religious services take place throughout the week. This is an active church so be respectful of worshippers, especially if you visit during a service.

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