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Chichester Cathedral The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity and Cloisters
West St. ChichesterPO19 1RP
Chichester  locality
West Sussex  county
England  country
United Kingdom  country
Europe  continent
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50.836205° N, 0.780705° W
OS Grid Reference
SU 85956 04776
Opening hours
Summer: daily 7:15am-7pm
Winter: daily 7:15am-6pm
(01243) 782595

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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.

This vibrant Cathedral also hosts many exhibitions, talks, lunchtime and evening concerts, many of which are free of charge. There is a superb Cloisters Café and Shop, complete with terrace and walled garden, and even on rainy days visitors can gaze at the magnificent spire through Cloisters' glazed roof. The beautiful Bishop's Palace Gardens are also only a few steps away, completely free to visit and newly landscaped.

Underpinning Cathedral life is a steady round of services, as has been the case throughout the centuries. There are three services most days and the celebrated Chichester Cathedral Choir sing Choral Evensong during term time every day except Wednesdays, and also sing three times on Sundays. All are welcome.

Holly Hayes
June 13, 2011

Listed Building Description




Mainly the work of Bishop Ralph de Luffa (pillars and arches of the nave and choir) 1091-1123. Retro-choir 1199, aisles 1223-1244. Lady chapel 1288-1305. Tower and spire, originally C13 and C15 respectively, rebuilt after fall in 1861 by Sir Gilbert Scott and Slater. Cloisters C15. (Restoration 1840-60 by R C Carpenter and J Butler. 1901 - north-west tower replaced by J L Pearson).

Listing NGR: SU8594204787

Source: The National Heritage List for England. Reprinted under license.

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