Our bells are rung regularly for Cathedral services and secular events of local and national significance. They are the loudest of the servants that proclaim the presence and vitality of this marvellous building, and they are the oldest ring of ten bells in the world. They were augmented from six bells to ten bells in 1678. The largest weighs 19 cwt (965 kg) and is nearly 500 years old.
The bells are rung by a committed band of volunteers on Tuesday evenings and Sundays. One member of the Cathedral band has been ringing here for 60 years, whilst several others have a service record that spans two or three decades. Our aim is to be amongst the best Sunday Service bands in the country, fulfilling the needs of the Cathedral by ringing for appropriate occasions. Experienced ringers are always very welcome to join us and for those who have never witnessed bell ringing first hand we organise Tower Open Days and visits to the Ringing Room by arrangement. We are particularly keen to welcome those who may have an interest in learning how to ring and thereby help to maintain one of the great English traditions.
Visiting bands of bell ringers from the Diocese and further afield are invited to ring on our bells, particularly on a Sunday before Choral Evensong. Please contact the RingingMaster@derbycathedralbells.org.uk
Practice night is Tuesday at 7.30-9pm.
If you arrive late please phone the number posted on the tower door to gain access.
Sunday ringing is 10-10.45am and for Evensong at 6pm.
Please see our website derbycathedralbells.org.uk for more details.
On Friday 30th July 2017 there will be peal attempt on the Cathedral bells, involving the local ringers. Ringing will start shortly after 6pm and will finish around 9.30pm. This special peal has been arranged to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Derby's elevation to city status.