With the history of Christianity in Sheffield dating back to the ninth century, it’s no surprise that Sheffield Cathedral is the city’s oldest building.
Standing at the heart of the city centre, Sheffield Cathedral has many stories to tell; from the beginnings of the city when William de Lovetot built the first church on this site and established the township of Sheffield, to the centuries of worship, prayers and remembrance.
More recently, Sheffield Parish Church gained Cathedral status in 1914 and survived the Sheffield Blitz of 1940 with only minor damage to the west end, whilst the major ‘Gateway Project’ renovations were completed in 2014.
Visitors can take advantage of the expertly guided tours of the Cathedral, with highlights including the Tudor Shrewsbury Chapel, the Regimental Chapel of St George (York and Lancaster Regiment) and the Medieval Chancel and Sanctuary. Each tour lasts for around 45 minutes, with special tours for larger groups and those with specific interests lasting approximately an hour.
As the Cathedral has played such an important role in the history of the city, there is also a full programme of heritage talks by local experts on subjects including the Stained-Glass Windows of Christopher Webb, The Regimental Chapel of the York and Lancaster Regiment and the Shrewsbury Chapel.
The 1554 Coffee Shop, located inside the Cathedral with a stunning stained-glass window backdrop provides freshly made soup, sandwiched and tempting cakes. Hot drinks, from the aptly named ‘Heavenly Coffee Company’ are the perfect accompaniment to the food, with all proceeds going back into the working life of the Cathedral and the city.