Today is (strangely) proclaimed as being National Ding-A-Ling Day so here are the top 10 best British cathedrals to visit this week!
1.St Andrews Cathedral, Fife
Named after the patron saint of Scotland, these stunning ruins are all that remain of Britain’s earliest cathedral. They host a Farmers Market on the ﬁrst Saturday of every month and entry to the ruins and their surrounding gardens is free.
2.Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow
Also known as St Mungo’s, this Cathedral is central to the Church of Scotland population. This towering Gothic cathedral will amaze everyone of all religions. Even if you don’t believe in their teachings, their architecture is awe-inspiring!
3. Saint Columb’s Cathedral, Derry
This beautiful building is the mother church of Derry’s Diocese. The original structure no longer stands due to an unfortunate gunpowder explosion in 1958 and then destruction during the Nine Years War. Today, it is holding a Christmas tree festival in just two days.
4. Saint Patricks’s Cathedral, Dublin
A 43-metre spire climbs into the clouds and views Dublin from its birds-eye view of being the tallest and largest Cathedral in Ireland. It was built in 1191 and sits in the middle of a spectacular garden. Tickets for their beautiful Christmas Eve mass are now available.
5. Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff
This Medieval structure is the proud bearer of a 10th Century Celtic cross and a painting by the famous D.G. Rossetti. Born in a time of conquerers and tapestries, this grand building emits a sense of grandeur; where better to listen to carols this Friday?
6. Bangor Cathedral, Gwynedd
This powerful structure is built from stone and has a multitude of Gothic arching windows running along the spine of the building. Since the 6th century, Christians have ﬂocked to worship here under the stunning visage of this Anglican Cathedral.
7. St Asaph Cathedral, Denbighshire
The smallest Anglican cathedral in Britain, this quaint little building smiles across a lawn of perfectly mowed grass, beaming from deep inside the white and gold bricks of its exterior. Come and see its artisan stained window which glitters across a sea of red cushioned chairs.
8.Exeter Cathedral, England
This is really worth the visit — this building possesses a multitude of the ﬁnest architectural designs including the largest uninterrupted vault ceiling, an astronomical clock and the earliest reported building of mercy seats. With a number of spires across its face, this Cathedral is deﬁnitely photograph ready.
9. Coventry Cathedral, England
Known also as St Michael’s Cathedral, this is the seat of the Bishop of Coventry, and also one of the most enchanting places to visit on the entirety of this list. Externally, it is an intricate Gothic facade but inside it is modernly ﬁlled with light and stained glass.
10.York Minster, England
This is the largest Gothic cathedral in the entirety of Europe. Visitors can peek inside and see the stunning stained glass windows, the crypts, and even climb to the very top and view the city in its magical glory.
By Heather Lukins