Derby Cathedral (St Mary and All Saints)

Derby Cathedral (St Mary and All Saints)

Derby Cathedral attracts visitors for many reasons.

Its architectural style (18th century Enlightenment with a surviving 16th century tower and complimentary 20th century east end) is just the start.

It houses memorials to some of the shapers of local history, from Bess of Hardwick and the successive Cavendish Family members to the artist Joseph Wright and the ceramics pioneer William Duesbury and many more.

The tower itself, the second tallest in the country when finished in 1532, houses the oldest set of 10 working bells in the world, which are  rung both for services and special exhibition peals.

There is also a carillon playing a different tune every day of the week.

The Cathedral functions as the civic church of Derby with all the attendant major services, also as a centre for the Diocese of Derby.

With acoustics considered among the best in the country, there is always a full programme of concerts featuring top class musicians and singers.

Just as importantly it is a church with an open door seven days a week, providing space for quiet prayer and when needed a sympathetic ear for those in trouble of any kind.

Please note that the Cathedral has full disabled access with ramps and lift (apart from St Katharine's Chapel). 

Parking is available at St Michael's Lane, three minutes' walk away. 

There are also badge holder parking bays available at St Mary's Gate opposite the Cathedral entrance.           

Bess of Hardwick tomb


Church always open
Access issues
Refreshments nearby
Place for quiet reflection


Stained Glass
Architectural Features
Historical Significance
Famous Person

18-19 Iron Gate

Kim Milner
For organised visits, please ring the Cathedral office on 01332 341201

Open times:

Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.45pm (Thursday to 7.15pm in term time)

Sunday 8.00am- 7.15pm