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.

'Descent' - painting by Anna Freeman Bentley

  • 10 April — 12 June 2015 *on now

This painting is inspired by the biblical stories of Jacob's Ladder and the Tower of Babel. The vision that Jacob has in the wilderness is of a staircase, reaching down from Heaven, hence the title 'Descent' that challenges the idea of the 'stairway to heaven'.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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 Quire

Chancellor's Lectures 2015

  • 26 May 2015 From 6:30pm

Prison writing provides a moving witness to the dignity of humankind in difficult circumstances, and how mental and spiritual freedom can survive and even flourish in situations of harsh physical captivity. Such writings, and the stories behind them, are both moving and thought provoking - as this year's lectures will show. You are warmly invited to attend these lectures in the Cathedral Nave. On Tuesday 26th May join the Chancellor for a Lectures Q&A session in Vicars' Hall. Entry is free and all are welcome.

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral

  • 26 May 2015 1:10-2pm

Caroline Clipsham (piano) and Bryony Moody (cello) will be giving a concert in the beautiful surroundings of Chichester Cathedral. Bring your sandwiches. Coffee is provided. All are welcome and entry is free.

Chichester cathedral form Bishop's Palace Gardens

Cathedral Fellowship Talk - 'A Taste Of India'

  • 1 June 2015 From 2:30pm

David and Janet Shaw will give an illustrated wildlife talk titled 'A Taste of India' in the Vicars' Hall. The Cathedral Fellowship meets monthly (not July and August) to hear a talk, followed by refreshments. All are welcome. A donation of £1 is suggested.

Chichester Cathedral

Lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral

  • 2 June 2015 1:10-2pm

Come and hear a concert given by the Reigate Wind Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon). Bring your sandwiches. Coffee provided. All are welcome and entry is free.

Chichester Cathedral nave

Lunchtime Concert at Chichester Cathedral

  • 9 June 2015 1:10-2pm

Come and hear Tomek Pieczora give an organ recital in the beautiful surroundings of Chichester Cathedral. Bring your sandwiches. Coffee provided. All are welcome, entry is free.

Chichester Cathedral

Concert at Chichester Cathedral.

  • 13 June 2015 From 7:30pm

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, recently voted the World’s Favourite Orchestra on classical music website Bachtrack, is delighted to open the 2015 Festival of Chichester with a concert of symphonic gems, conducted by Jac van Steen.
Dvořák Carnival Overture, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Nocturne, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Brahms Symphony No.4

Admission

Tickets available on 01243 813595 or www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

William Nicholson's 'Firelight'

  • 15 June 2015 From 8:15pm

Following his talk in the Cathedral, screenwriter, playwright and novelist William Nicholson will be present in Vicars' Hall to introduce this special screening of his film 'Firelight'. Set in 1830s Sussex this was William Nicholson's debut as film director and writer.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

For tickets call: 01243 813595 or visit: www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

An Evening with William Nicholson at Chichester Cathedral

  • 15 June 2015 From 6:30pm

Come and spend an evening with screenwriter, playwright and novelist William Nicholson in the Cathedral as he talks about his latest novel 'The Lovers of Amherst'.

Admission

Tickets available on 01243 813595 or www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Singers

Chichester Singers - Concert at Chichester Cathedral

  • 20 June 2015 From 7:30pm

The Chichester Singers will be performing Puccini Missa di Gloria and Berlioz Te Deum at Chichester Cathedral.

Admission

Tickets available on 01243 813595 or www.chichestercathedral.org.uk

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Theological Society Lecture by Terry Eagleton

  • 29 June 2015 From 6:30pm

This lecture titled 'Was Jesus a Revolutionary' is hosted by the Chichester Theological Society (a collaboration between the Cathedral and the University of Chichester) and will be given by Professor Terry Eagleton. In the Cathedral Nave. All are welcome and entry is free.

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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