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
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.
Violin and Piano

Free lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral – Willemijn Steenbakkers (violin) and Camilla Hessenberg (piano)

  • 9 February 2016 From 1pm

Come and hear violinist Willemijn Steenbakkers and pianist Camilla Hessenberg perform in a free lunchtime concert. This is a free concert and everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

book cover

‘Book at Breakfast’ with Chichester Cathedral’s Chancellor

  • 10 — 11 February 2016 9-10am

Hear the Cathedral Chancellor The Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Cane, discuss the book: Do No Harm – Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh. Book at Breakfast is organised by Cathedral Friends and tickets cost £6 which includes breakfast. To purchase a copy, please contact www.chichestercathedral.org.uk. To register, please phone 01243 813595.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Parnassian Ensemble

Free lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral – Parnassian Ensemble

  • 16 February 2016 1-2pm

Come and hear the fantastic Parnassian Ensemble perform in a free lunchtime concert. Since its formation in 1998, The Parnassian Ensemble has gained a reputation for its virtuosic performances and innovative programming. The ensemble consists of Sophie Middleditch on recorder, Helen Hooker on recorder, Lynden Cranham on baroque cello and David Pollock on harpsichord. This is a free concert and everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Graham Barber

Free lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral – Graham Barber (organ)

  • 23 February 2016 1-2pm

Come and hear international concert organist Graham Barber perform in a free lunchtime concert. Since his début in London at the Royal Festival Hall in 1979, Graham Barber has been recognised as one of the world’s leading concert organists. He has given concerts in major venues in Britain, Europe, the Far East, the United States and Australia, and has been widely broadcast. This is a free concert and everyone is welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

The Sixteen choir and orchestra

Evening Concert at Chichester Cathedral – The Sixteen choir and orchestra

  • 25 February 2016 7:30-10pm

Come and join The Sixteen choir and orchestra as they devote an entire evening to the glorious music of Handel, including his virtuosic Dixit Dominus. Conductor Harry Christophers will introduce the programme. The concert will begin at 19:30 and tickets start at £7.50. To book your tickets visit www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £7.50

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Tim Wonnacott

The Goodwood Art Collection with Tim Wonnacott Thursday 25th February 2016 Goodwood House

  • 25 February 2016 10:30am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:30pm

To celebrate the artistic theme of Chichester Cathedral's 2016 Festival of Flowers, Festival Patron, Mr Tim Wonnacott will give a talk on the Goodwood art collection in the magnificent Regency ballroom at Goodwood House.

Goodwood is the seat of the Dukes of Richmond, Lennox, Gordon & Aubigny, whose family art collection is one of the greatest in any English country house. The Goodwood Art Collection comprises furniture, porcelain, tapestries and paintings.

Supported by James Peill, Curator of Goodwood, Tim Wonnacott will reveal the history and stories behind a number of items from the Goodwood Collection. Tim is a fabulous raconteur, combined with his great knowledge of the decorative arts; this event promises to be a very special occasion in a truly remarkable setting.

Tickets £12.00 (including tea/coffee on arrival) are available online from www.chichestercathedral.org.uk by phone 01243 813595 or in person from the Cathedral shop.

For more information about the Festival of Flowers please visit www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Goodwood House
Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0PX

Admission

£12.00

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Prebendal School

Evening Concert at Chichester Cathedral – Prebendal School Choral Concert

  • 27 February 2016 7-9pm

Come and join Prebendal School for their choral concert. A performance of highlights from the Messiah and Albinoni Oboe Concerto in D Minor, at 7.00pm in Chichester Cathedral. The performers are all connected with Prebendal School – the Chorus and the orchestra will comprise of pupils, some of their parents, teachers and Prebendalian Associates.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

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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