Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral
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For 900 years Chichester Cathedral has stood at the heart of Chichester. Each generation has left its mark on the Cathedral, so this magnificent building has unique architecture ranging from original Norman features to the towering Victorian Spire and newly restored Lady Chapel. The Cathedral is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features exist alongside world famous 20th century artworks. Chichester Cathedral is especially famous for its art, and houses a fascinating collection of paintings, tapestries, sculptures and stained glass. Paintings and carvings from throughout the ages can be found along with contemporary works by famous artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Marc Chagall and Philip Jackson.

The Cathedral is open every day and all year - with free entry. Free guided tours also run Monday to Saturday at 11.15am and 2.30pm and there is a special trail for children to enjoy too. Groups can book from a range of tours, often taking them ‘Behind the Scenes’ up spiral staircases to the Cathedral’s private Library and Song School. Other tours include Stained Glass, 20th Century Art in the Cathedral, The Civil War, Graffiti Tour, Architecture and more.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

The Cathedral is open every day from 7.15am to 6.00pm in the winter months, and 7.00pm in the summer months.

Admission charges

Free entry into the Cathedral, donations much appreciated.

Getting there

Approach from the M27 (A27) and turn Northwards at one of the bypass roundabouts following signs for the City centre.

Vehicular access and on street parking is restricted in Chichester and visitors arriving by car should aim for one of the many public car parks around the City.

Additional info

If you are planning a visit to the Cathedral and have any questions regarding access please contact the Cathedral reception on 01243 782595.

A wonderful combination of the ancient and the modern, it holds a number of treasures including the 12th century Lazarus Reliefs and works by Sutherland, Chagall and Piper.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Religion

Key artists and exhibits

  • 12th century Lazarus Reliefs
  • Sutherland
  • Chagall
  • Piper
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Speaking in Tongues

‘Speaking in Tongues’ – by Paul Benney.

  • 11 March — 18 May 2016 *on now

‘Speaking in Tongues’ – by Paul Benney. This monumental and striking painting is one of Benney’s largest works to date. Measuring 8ft x 12ft, it is a powerful artwork telling the extraordinary story of Pentecost. The subjects, all friends and contemporaries of the artist, are portrayed as apostles in the manner of the first day of Pentecost when ‘tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them’. Filled with the Holy Spirit, they began speaking in a variety of languages. Paul Benney is a British artist who rose to international prominence as a contemporary artist whilst living and working in New York in the 1980s and later in the 90s as an award winning portraitist. Benney’s work is held in the 20th century collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery and many prominent corporate and private collections around the world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Fee entry

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Chancellor’s Lectures 2016 at Chichester Cathedral

  • 18 April — 16 May 2016 *on now

Chancellor’s Lectures 2016: ‘The Traitor, the Coward, and the Whore? – a fresh look at Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, and Mary Magdalene, and their significance for today.’ Join the Cathedral Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane, for a series of 4 lectures in the Cathedral nave. Free entry. All welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Chichester Cathedral

The Sussex Snowdrop Trust. A talk by Di Levantine.

  • 9 May 2016 2:30-4pm

The Sussex Snowdrop Trust. A talk by Di Levantine. In Vicars' Hall. Anyone is welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

A donation of £1.00 is suggested.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Cook (organ)

  • 10 May 2016 1-2pm

Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Cook (organ). The concert is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert: Evva Mizerska (cello) and Emma Abbate (piano)

  • 17 May 2016 1-2pm

Lunchtime Concert: Evva Mizerska (cello) and Emma Abbate (piano). The concert is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Chichester Cathedral

Dementia Friendly Guided Tour of the Cathedral.

  • 18 May 2016 12-1:30pm

Dementia Friendly Guided Tour of the Cathedral.
Join one of the Chichester Cathedral's guides for this dementia friendly tour which will introduce you to some of the highlights of this ancient building. Enjoy experiencing this beautiful place and find out about some of the Cathedral's artistic treasures.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Please book all activities in advance. Activities cost £3.00 each including refreshments, carers go free. Tickets available on 01243 813595 or in person from the Cathedral shop.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert: Pegnitz Choir

  • 24 May 2016 1-2pm

Lunchtime Concert: Pegnitz Choir

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Illuminating Chichester Cathedral Tour Series 2016

  • 25 May 2016 12-1:30pm

Illuminating Chichester Cathedral Tour Series 2016: 'Gone But Not Forgotten - Memorials of Chichester Cathedral'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.00 per tour to include coffee and biscuits. Tickets available on 01243 813595 or in person from the Cathedral shop.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

‘Food For Thought’: talk and organ recital by Timothy Ravalde

  • 26 May 2016 12:30-2:30pm

‘Food For Thought’: talk and organ recital by Timothy Ravalde, Assistant Organist at Chichester Cathedral.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets available @ £12.00 on 01243 813595 or in person from the Cathedral shop.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival 2016

Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival 2016

  • 2 — 4 June 2016

The 11th Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers will take place from 2nd to 4th June 2016. This biennial event attracts visitors from all over Sussex and beyond and is considered to be the gold standard of Flower Festivals. As well as viewing over 80 stunning floral arrangements in the Cathedral, displaying over 50,000 blooms, visitors can enjoy the Festival and plant markets, enjoy live music and relax in the surroundings of the Cathedral.
The theme of the 2016 Festival of Flowers is The Artist’s Palette and reflects local Sussex artists, artists represented in the Cathedral and other well-known pieces of artwork. Continuing the artistic theme, Mr Tim Wonnacott, Television Presenter and Fine Arts expert, is the 2016 Festival Patron. Tickets are limited for each session and it is strongly recommended to book in advance. For more information about purchasing tickets, please visit www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

From £8 - £14

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Getting there

Approach from the M27 (A27) and turn Northwards at one of the bypass roundabouts following signs for the City centre.

Vehicular access and on street parking is restricted in Chichester and visitors arriving by car should aim for one of the many public car parks around the City.

Chichester Cathedral
West Street
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1RP
England

Website

www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

E-mail

enquiry@chichestercathedral.org.uk

Telephone

Enquiries

01243 782595

Fax

Enquiries

01243 812499

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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