St Paul's Church, Bristol, Bristol

Address: Portland Square, Bristol, Bristol, BS2 8SJ
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Usually open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm, but please check beforehand on 0117 924 7615
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The 'wedding cake church' that is now a circus school?

A masterpiece of provincial 'Gothick’ architecture in an 18th-century square, the 'wedding cake church’ of St Paul’s (so named because of the way that the tower stacks up) was granted a new lease of life by the CCT in partnership with Circomeda, a circus-training school.

Featuring a beautifully ornate Georgian plaster ceiling, stone columns and a wealth of decorative stained glass, the historic interior is complemented by state of the art aerial and trapeze equipment and a pale maplewood semi-sprung dance floor.  

Whilst retaining its original grandeur and the uplifting qualities of light and space, St. Paul's has been effectively adapted to incorporate all requirements for a contemporary arts venue. It is now a stunning and well loved setting perfect for a wide range of events – performances, professional research and development, concerts, wedding receptions, open space conferencing, awards ceremonies, AGMs and private parties.

The adaptations made to the building to enable Circomedia's use do not prevent the beauty of the building being seen. The animated and elegant plasterwork of the nave ceiling and chancel arch and a fine collection of monuments including a memorial by Flaxman to Col. Spencer Thomas Vassall, who was mortally wounded at the storming of Montevideo in 1807 are still clearly visible to see.

Find out more about our award winning adaptation of St Paul's

St Paul's Church, Bristol was highly commended at the Hudson's Hertiage awards 2012

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Road directions

Portland Square

Public transport information

Close to most city centre bus routes. Bus and coach terminus 0.4 mile. Nearest railway station: Bristol Temple Meads (0.4 mile).

OS Reference No.

ST 595 738

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News

02/09/14 A special circus events programme for all ages will mark milestone anniversary this month, at CCT's St Paul's Church.

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

PDF iconBristol & Gloucestershire County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Bristol & Gloucestershire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Carol Drozd Kirk (09 Nov 2013, 13:59)

    Hello, My name is Carol Drozd Kirk and I live in St Augustine Florida USA. My mother was born in Bristol, married my father, a US soldier in 1946 and moved to the United States. I am currently researching my family in England. In this search my mother asked if I could locate an old dear friend of hers. Her name was Pat and she and her parents lived on the Brunswick Cemetery. I am assuming that Pat's parents were the caretakers. The time period would have been 1945-1946. Would you be able to tell me the name of the people who lived/worked on the cemetery grounds during that time period. If not, can you suggest where else I may try to locate this information. Any information you can provide would be most helpful. Thank you for your time in reading my email and hope to hear from you soon.

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Community information for St Paul's Church, Bristol

 

All our Bristol churches are in CCT’s West region.

Useful local links 

To find out more about hiring St Paul's Church for your event, visit Circomedia's website.

Visit Bristol tourism website 

Bristol & Avon Family History Society 

Bristol history 

Bristol County Council History & Heritage 

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List of Bristol churches

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St Paul's Church, Bristol, Bristol

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.