CornwallSTBURYANStBuriana(michaelgarlickCC-BY-SA2.0)1 MichaelGarlick

St Buriana

St Buryan is a busy, friendly, Cornish village, dominated by its huge, Grade I listed collegiate church, ‘the Cathedral of the West’ dedicated to St Buriana, a 5th century Irish Saint.

St Buryan, Cornwall

Opening times

Open daily 9am to dusk.


St Buryan
TR19 6BA

We have a rare four stage tower, the heaviest ring of six bells in the world, possibly the most impressive medieval rood screen in Cornwall, a magnificent Heard organ, a unique heritage, and more wayside crosses than any other parish in Cornwall. 

Our church in St Buryan is important, not because of its history, although that is very interesting. Not because of its architecture, although it is a beautiful building. Not because of its glorious internal structures although the rood screen and kneelers are masterpieces. But because it is an important place of prayer and sanctuary.

Over the years, many thousands of people have gathered here, to celebrate, to grieve and to make their prayers. In trouble and in joy this space has heard their prayers. Here they have met with God through prayer, through sacrament and through the fellowship and love found in the community. Our prayer is that this continues to be the most important part of St Buryan; a holy, sacred space where God is present. A place where you and I can meet with God. So come, visit this remarkable place, admire our church, join in our worship and add your prayers to the myriad of saints prayers, or just sit and absorb the unique atmosphere created by over one and a half thousand years of prayer and worship.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Dog friendly

  • On street parking at church

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • 1st Tuesday every month 10.45am book and jigsaw exchange with free refreshments. 1st Sunday every month 6.30pm Taize.

  • Church of England

  • Grant, £10,000, 2018

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

  • Cornerstone Grant, £40,000, 2011

  • The project included the complete re-leading of the roof, a range of remedial work to roofing timbers and a range of masonry and re-pointing work to the tower.

Contact information

Other nearby churches

St Creden

Sancreed, Cornwall

This small but beautiful church is located in the very centre of Sancreed (Cornish: Eglossankres) in the inland parish in the Hundred of Penwith, about four miles west of Penzance and forms part of the gloriously wild and ruggedly beautiful area of West Penwith at the most westerly tip of Cornwall.

St Levan

St Levan, Cornwall

The place name St Levan comes from Selevan or Salamon, the original patron saint of the church, chapel and holy well here. Salamon is recorded as a 10th century Cornish dedication and may be the Breton king assassinated in 874AD.