Please note that the Eastern Road (A2030) main access road on the eastern side of the city will be closed on 23rd March. You should access the city via the M275!

The National 12 Bell Contest

Eliminator 2024

The Portsmouth Cathedral Society of Ringers is delighted to host one of this year’s 12 bell contest eliminators.

Below you can find details about the day.

Running Order

  • 0900 - 0930 Morning Prayer

    There will be a morning service in the Cathedral, for anyone who would like to attend.

  • 1000 Doors Open, Breakfast Rolls

    The doors will open for attendees of the National 12 Bell Contest Eliminator. Breakfast rolls and tea / coffee will be served in Cathedral House, across the road from the north door of the Cathedral.

  • 1100 The Draw

    The draw will take place in the Nave of the Cathedral.

  • 1130 Contest Begins

    The first team will commence ringing.

  • 1200 Bar Opens

    There will be a cash bar in the nave, serving Bowman Real Ale along with a selection of other alcoholic and soft drinks.

  • 1600 Ringing Finishes

    The final team's ringing will conclude and then the judges will deliberate.

  • 1700 - 1730 (approx.) Results

    The judges will deliver the results.

  • 1830 Doors Close

    The doors will close. There are many local venues providing food and drink for those who wish to continue.

Food & Drink

All on site food & drink will be cash only, we do not have the facilitate for card payments.

Breakfast Menu

Served in the Beckett Hall from 10am until midday.

  • Bacon Bap £2.50
  • Sausage bap £2.50
  • Vegatarian Sausage bap £2.50

Tea / Coffee & Cake

Available all day in the Beckett Hall.

  • Cup of tea £1
  • Cup of coffee £1
  • Slice of Cake £1.50


Served in the Beckett Hall from midday.


  • Strawberries & Cream £3
  • Nutella & Banana £2.50
  • Lemon & sugar £2.50


  • Brie, Rocket & Red Onion Chutney £3
  • Bacon & Maple Syrup £3
  • Ham, spinach & tomato £2.50


Served in the Beckett Hall from midday.

  • Soup & Roll £4


Served in the Nave from midday onwards.

Parking & Transport


Portsmouth Cathedral is located in the heart of old Portsmouth (Southsea), in the south west corner of the island.

The Cathedral is easily accessible via road, railway and park & ride, but please note that on Saturday mornings the traffic can get heavy due to shopping traffic heading for Gunwharf Quays so if you plan to drive down then it is worth bearing this in mind.

Directions by road

Entering Portsmouth on the M275 as it ends at a roundabout, follow the A3 and brown signs for “Seafront” and then “Old Portsmouth”. Eventually “Cathedral” will appear on the signs and bring you on to High Street. This will bring you to the Cathedral.

Directions by rail

Portsmouth Harbour Station

The closest station to the Cathedral is Portsmouth Harbour. It is located next to Gunwharf Quays shopping centre.

You can walk to the Cathedral in approximately 15 mins from this station.

Click here for Google Map directions.

Portsmouth & Southsea Station

The main station in the city is Portsmouth & Southsea station, which is located in the main shopping area in the centre of the city.

Walking to the Cathedral from this station will take slightly longer – approximately 20 mins

Click here for Google Map directions.

Directions by road

We highly recommend the Portsmouth Park & Ride, accessible from jct 1 of the M275 (Tipner Road) which is very cheap. There are also multiple car parks within a short walking distance of the Cathedral, as well as on street parking in the local vicinity.

Park & Ride, Tipner Lane, Portsmouth.

The park & ride is easily accessed from the M275 on the way into the city.

Only £4 for the day and buses run every 15 minutes from 8:15am until 7:15pm.

The park & ride to The Hard Interchange is only 11mins, and then the Cathedral is a 15min easy walk.

Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth

2 mins walk

Directly across the road from the Cathedral, but with limited parking. 

St Thomas's Street Car Park

5 mins walk

St Thomas’s Street is the road on the north side of the Cathedral. There is a small car park in the University building at the top of St Thomas’s Street, just off St George’s Road.

Gun Wharf Quays Car Park

10 mins walk

Gun Wharf Quays is the main shopping and eating area in Portsmouth, with plenty of secure underground parking.

Local Amenities


1. Gunwharf Quays

Only a ten minute walk from the Cathedral, Gunwharf Quays is the main shopping, eating and entertainment area of Portsmouth, with many mainstream retail and fashion outlets, as well as bars, restaurants and a Fullers Pub.

There is also an underground car park with a lot of parking and cashpoints.

8. Fresh & Local Shop

A local corner shop providing a wide range of sandwiches, drinks and snacks.

There is a cashpoint in the shop.


2. Spice Island

Food & drink options.

3. The Still & West

Food & drink options.

4. The Bridge Tavern

Food & drink options.

5. The Wellington

Food & drink options.

6. The Sally Port

A good pub for drink, but no food.

7. The Dolphin

Oldest Pub in Portsmouth, serving both food and drinks. See if you can find Nelson’s signature on the framed old window inside.

Sunday Ringing

If you’re staying overnight in the city then there is Sunday service ringing at the following towers and times:

St Mary's Church, Portsea, Portsmouth

8 bells, 17cwt

Ringing is from 9:15 – 10am.

Portsmouth Cathedral

12 bells, 25cwt

Ringing is from 10:15 – 11am.

Welcome to the

Portsmouth Cathedral Society of Bellringers