Highlights Tour of The Lord Mayor's Chapel

50 mins

Discover Bristol's best kept secret; The Lord Mayor's Chapel. This truly remarkable medieval chapel has been a place of sanctuary at the heart of the city for 800 years. Join a dedicated tour guide as they take you on a journey of history, heritage and architecture at the heart of the city.

The Lord Mayor’s Chapel is the only remaining building of the Hospital of Saint Mark. When it was built c.1230 it was connected to the Abbey of St Augustine, known today as Bristol Cathedral. The hospital provided food and care for 100 people every day. Along with the Abbey of St Augustine, it closed in 1539 when Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church to form the Church of England. In 1722 The Lord Mayor’s Chapel became the official place of worship of the Lord Mayor of Bristol and has remained so ever since. Since 2023 Bristol Cathedral has cared for the Chapel.

The tour lasts between 45-60 minutes, and your guide will meet you inside The Lord Mayor's Chapel.

Two ticket types are available - one that includes both an Annual Pass and a guided tour, and one for just a guided tour (to be used if you already have an Annual Pass). You must have both an Annual Pass and a guided tour ticket.

There are seven steps down into the main entrance of The Lord Mayor's Chapel. Level access (via a side street and a ramp) can be arranged, but please let the host know in advance. Some areas of the Chapel included in the highlights tours involve uneven floors and steps. Sensible footwear is advised.

If you have any accessibility requests or concerns and you would like to go on a highlights tour please contact Bristol Cathedral at visitor.experience@bristol-cathedral.co.uk before booking your tickets.

Charity number: 1204673

Adult Tour including Annual Pass £9
Adult Tour Only (Use only if you already have a valid entrance ticket/annual pass ) £6
Child Tour Only (Use only if you already have a valid entrance ticket/annual pass ) £3
Child Tour Ticket including Annual Pass. 16 and under. £4

What people are saying

Jun 2024

Condensed, lively and surprised

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paula hargreaves
Jun 2024

Well-informed guide who presented in a friendly way.

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Di Heal
May 2024

We learnt so much, the guide was very knowledgable and and interesting to listen too. We highly r...

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Mel Brown
May 2024

Excellent tour - so much information in such a small area.

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How to get there

On the day

  • Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the start of your tour. Your Guide will meet you inside the Chapel by the Welcome Desk.
  • Please have your confirmation email ready. If you already have an Annual Pass, you must bring it with you. If you have purchased a tour ticket that includes an Annual Pass, your pass will be issued when you arrive.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 2 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 2 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Bristol Cathedral

Standing at the heart of Bristol's vibrant city centre, Bristol Cathedral is one of England's great medieval churches. For almost 900 years it has been a living place of sanctuary, teaching, prayer and music. Events at Bristol Cathedral range from family-friendly Crafty Cathedral sessions to gin tasting and guided tours in the Norman Chapter House, through to large-scale light shows.

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