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St. Chad's Roman Catholic Cathedral

St Chad's CathedralSt Chads exterior view

One of the finest neo-gothic church buildings in England, built to the design of Augustus Welby Pugin and opened in 1841. Much of the work is by Hardman & Co. The mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, it contains some splendid 19th century stained glass made by Hardmans, a 16th century Flemish pulpit, and a late medieval statue of the Virgin Mary, as well as one of the largest new manual organs in the UK, built by Walkers & Co in 1993.


pictured: exterior view

Detailed Information


Cathedral House,
St. Chad's Queensway,
B4 6EU.

Tel: 0121 236 2251
0121 230 6201 (Cathedral House Reception)

Contact Person(s):Andrew De Valliere

Direct Tel.: 0121 230 6205

Cathedral Website

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  • Free
  • Donations towards maintenance appreciated.

Opening Hours

  • Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday 8.30am-6:00pm
  • Sunday 8.00am –
  • Weekday Mass time is 12.15pm,
    (all may attend and see the Cathedral being used for its main purpose)
  • Saturday : Vigil Mass for Sunday at 4.30pm
  • Sunday: Mass at 9.00am and High Mass at 11.00am.





  • Toilets.
  • Book Shop (Open Monday – Saturday 9 – 5pm)


  • Guided tours by arrangement (contact 0121 230 6215) or:
  • Educational tours for School Groups
  • guide books and postcards;
regular organ recitals.

Disabled Visitors

  • No separate disabled access
  • Disabled Toilet

How to get there:

  • Train: nearest station: Snow Hill.
  • Bus: buses from city centre to Handsworth (nos. 74, 78 and 79) pass St. Chad's Circus.
  • Car/coach: on the Birmingham inner ring road (the Queensway), just off St. Chad's Circus.


  • Cars: St. Chad's has its own car-park in Shadwell Street.
  • Coaches: set down and pick up only in front of the Cathedral on St. Chad's Queensway.
  • Coach parking at Brewery Street Coach & Lorry Park provides 32 spaces and a welfare building, which contains a rest room with shower and toilet facilities.

Average Length of Visit

  • 40 minutes