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.
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

Chichester Cathedral

The Children Act by Ian McEwan. ‘Book at Breakfast’ with the Chancellor

  • 6 — 7 June 2016 9-10am

Hear the Cathedral Chancellor, The Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Cane discuss the book: The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
Ian McEwan's novels often address what other novelists often shy away from - the intricate workings of institutionalised power. In his latest book Fiona Maye, a leading High Court judge, renowned for her fierce intelligence and sensitivity, is called on to try an urgent case. For religious reasons, a seventeen-year-old boy is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life. She has to decide (in the midst of her own emotional turmoil) who has the right to decide on the care of a sick minor: the boy himself, his parents, his doctors or the law?

McEwan's novel is engrossing and thought provoking; its combination of research and imagination convincingly bringing to life the way in which judgements on complex contemporary issues are made.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Ticket price £6.00 to include a breakfast of coffee, orange juice, croissants and preserves.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert: Alexander Panfilov (piano)

  • 7 June 2016 1-2pm

Chichester Cathedral's popular Lunchtime Concerts take place on Tuesdays (during term time) at 1.10pm, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes (there is a retiring collection). You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no charge, and some visitors even bring a sandwich!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry.

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert: Mediterranea Trio (violin, cello, piano)

  • 14 June 2016 1-2pm

Chichester Cathedral's popular Lunchtime Concerts take place on Tuesdays (during term time) at 1.10pm, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes (there is a retiring collection). You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no charge, and some visitors even bring a sandwich!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry. All welcome.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

The Chichester Singers

Concert by The Chichester Singers

  • 18 June 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Concert Programme:
Brahms Academic Festival Overture; Nanie; Alto Rhapsody.
Elgar The Music Makers.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Current Ticket Prices £25, £20, £15, £10 (unreserved)
Tickets are available for Cathedral concerts 6 weeks before each concert from:
Cathedral Cloisters Shop: 01243 813595 (credit cards accepted)
Mrs Wendy Whittle, 01243 572195 and www.chichestertickets.co.uk

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Invisibility

‘Living with Invisibility’. Chichester Theological Society Lecture

  • 21 June 2016 6:30-8pm

‘Living with Invisibility’. Chichester Theological Society Lecture by Professor Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free entry, all welcome.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert: Laura Erel (organ)

  • 21 June 2016 1-2pm

Chichester Cathedral's popular Lunchtime Concerts take place on Tuesdays (during term time) at 1.10pm, in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral Nave. They are free and last approximately 50 minutes (there is a retiring collection). You are welcome to come and go as you please. Coffee is available at no charge, and some visitors even bring a sandwich!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The concert is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

After the Conquest, 1066-1216 (Festival of Chichester Guided Tour)

  • 24 June 2016 11am-12pm

Cushion capitals, corbels and carvings, chests and chalices, coffins and crosiers. Looking at architecture and artefacts, hear about the early years of Chichester Cathedral including visits to the Treasury and up the spiral stairs to the Library (photos for those unable to climb the stairs).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert: International Piano: Victor Ryabchikov (Festival of Chichester event)

  • 27 June 2016 1-2pm

Lunchtime Concert: Acclaimed Russian pianist Victor Ryabchikov brings his exquisite touch to a delightful programme of Russian Romantic pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rebikov and Glinka. Victor has enchanted audiences from the Peterhoff Great Palace in St Petersburg to London’s Wigmore Hall.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission, with retiring collection in aid of the Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust.

Website

http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

A Pilgrimage Tour (Festival of Chichester Guided Tour)

  • 28 June 2016 2-3pm

Walk in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims who for almost three hundred years, visited the shrine of St Richard. Learn about where they came from and meet some of the people they might have encountered. Find out what made them make what for some was a long and perilous journey.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5

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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