Derby Cathedral

   
Address : 18-19 Iron Gate
Town/City : Derby
County : Derbyshire
Country : England
Post code : DE1 3GP
Phone : 01332 341201
Web Site :  www.derbycathedral.org

Derby Cathedral, with its stunningly elegant white and gold nave, is the most beautiful building in the city and brimming with intriguing and very human stories behind every monument and in every artefact.

 

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Derby Cathedral stands proudly at the top end of the Cathedral quarter in a constantly evolving landscape with the aim of reaching out to the people of Derby and its surrounding areas. The Cathedral overlooks a continually developing riverside, which provides an escape from the regular hustle and bustle of city life. Though saying this, life in the cathedral is rarely at a standstill, with the daily rhythm of prayer and services, the cathedral also offers one of the best venues for civic and historical occasions alongside being the premiere venue for classical and sacred music concerts in the city. Yet in this ever changing area, the cathedral itself is having a face lift this year, with new wiring, lights, heating and redecoration of the inside planned. Alongside a new Chapter Steward (chief administrator), Rachel Morris and the appointment of a new Director of Music, Hugh Morris, this year is ringing in the changes as well as the new year for the Cathedral.

The preparations of Lent and the celebrations of Easter at the heart of the Cathedral's year with the services of Holy Week taking us through the final week of Jesus' life .The Cathedral follows this story with a wide array of services from the parades and celebrations on a ecumenical scale of Palm Sunday with a procession into the cathedral in contrast to the reverence and stillness of the Good Friday reflections, opening out to the fanfares of Easter Day.

Two days after Easter Day, the cathedral is going over to limited access whilst the renovations are taking place. Daily services are continuing in different locations nearby, building on links with the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary's and the Bridge Chapel as well as an outside access prayer station. The Cathedral will be open for visiting all day Saturday and Sunday after the Sunday morning service, a chance to see the progress of the works alongside continuing the tradition of worship on this historic site. During some of these weekends, special events are taking place including the Derby Arts Festival in early May, the celebration service of one of Derbyshire's most famous women, Florence Nightingale is on 16th May and the commemorations of the Padley Martyrs taking place at the Bridge Chapel on the 24th July and many more.

As you walk through the inviting west end glass doors, you are drawn into a wide open and bright space of this Enlightenment designed Cathedral. You are welcome to explore the stunning architecture and fascinating history not only of the building, but also of the people who helped shape Derbyshire and made it their home. Admission is free with Cathedral staff and volunteers on hand to offer a warm welcome and to offer any information that may be required. The Cathedral has a self guided tour available in a number of languages or it can be arranged for a more specialised tour for groups focusing on different aspects of the building with one of our experienced tour guides. These can be booked through the visitor's officer via the cathedral office for a small donation. After your visit, why not take a break at the Cathedral Café across the road, using locally sourced produce and home made and made to order food. Please feel free to explore the bookshelves of our bookshop, stocking a wide variety of resources for churches and the individual reader. Take a trip down stairs to explore the treasury, holding the treasurers of the cathedral and the surrounding churches. Next to the treasury, is an exhibition space exhibiting the artwork and creations of local artists.

As a Cathedral, we hold special open day tours including tower tours, which enable you to climb the 64 metre high tower, with the chance to see the four counties surrounding Derby. These dates are published on our website and in local press. The fourteenth century Bridge Chapel of St. Mary on the Bridge is also opened on request, on open days and whilst the building work is going on at the cathedral, with admission being free of charge too. We have guides on hand to help you explore this fascinating historic place of worship and to learn about is intriguing stories.

The Cathedral is always available as a place to explore and a peaceful place to stop, light a candle and prayer.

For more details on the progress our building works, our services, concerts and much more that goes on in the building, please visit our website, www.derbycathedral.org or email the cathedral offices at office@derbycathedral.org or call the office on 01332 341201.

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