Take a guided tour of St David’s Cathedral and its iconic bell tower with the Very Reverend Richard Humphrey, get a look inside the bell ringers’ room, and take in the views from the top of the tower. On Monday nights and special occasions you hear the familiar toll of St David’s Cathedral’s peal of ten bells, which have been ringing out over Hobart since the distinctive tower at the corner of Murray and Macquarie Streets was completed in 1936. The cathedral we know today is the second on the site, the first having been demolished in 1874. Built between 1868 and 1936, St David’s Cathedral was the vision of the acclaimed Victorian-era English architect George F. Bodley, a leading exponent of Gothic Revival ecclesiastical architecture. He never visited Hobart, so the cathedral was completed under the supervision of famed Tasmanian architect Henry Hunter. St David’s distinctive features include an arcaded entrance with a large west window, buttressed turrets, and a square tower made of Oatlands stone. There are stones in the museum dating from the sixth century and battle-weary flags from Tasmanian army regiments. Stained-glass windows depict saints, knights, kings and biblical characters, and there is a fine cathedral organ. On the pinnacles of each of the cathedral’s gables is a quatrefoil motif – can you see where it’s repeated on the rood screen inside the cathedral?
Address: 23 Murray St, Hobart
Open: 10am-2pm, Saturday 5 November
Highlights: Bell ringers' room, panoramic views of central Hobart, ornate ecclesiastical architecture
Tours: Bell tower tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am & 12pm (25 mins tours). Bookings essential.
Building specs: Type: Cathedral, Built: 1868–1936, Architects: George F Bodley, Henry Hunter, Alan C Walker