Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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This magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chichester for over 900 years. With unique architecture from each century of its life, this Cathedral is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks.
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  • John A
    Eccleshall, United Kingdom5 contributions
    A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
    The Catherdral sings history, from the building its self to the roman remains housed within it. As well as a place of religion it is a masterpiece of construction. A quiet place to just sit and contemplate the past or the future, to think about God or loved ones that are no longer withus. Read the memorial plaques, visit the treasure room and remember the past. Visit the Bishops Gardens whilst here and a purchase from the shop helps support the cost on maintenance.
    Written June 28, 2022
  • D0dge51
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom676 contributions
    Worth a Visit
    The cathedral was very pleasant and really interesting. There was an art exhibition in the cathedral at the time of our visit and this was also worth seeing. Worth a visit if in the area. The volunteers there were very welcoming and helpful. Also there was no charge to enter, but donations were required to help fund the £3,000 per day it costs to maintain the cathedral. Worth the donation.
    Written August 14, 2022
  • LaNyonsaise
    West Midlands, United Kingdom828 contributions
    An oasis of calm.
    The cathedral is free to enter with a suggested donation of £5pp for which there are contactless card readers and the more traditional chests. Unlike certain other cathedrals there is no entry desk nor volunteers keeping watch on the visitors so we were more inclined to give! The volunteers at the doorway who greeted us provided a leaflet without needing to be asked and suggested a starting point. Guides were available for those who wanted one. The cathedral is light and airy, without gloomy nooks and crannies. There are several small chapels, ancient tombs and more recent commissions such as the bright tapestries and a stained glass window designed by Marc Chagall. There’s less to linger over than in, say Durham, but nonetheless we happily spent over an hour. We didn’t see any sign of the peregrines that keep the pigeons at bay.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2022
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AlBee24
Reigate, UK137 contributions
Oct 2022
An interesting cathedral with absolutely stunning stained glass windows. That's the good side, the other side is that it's quite an empty place. The only people celebrated in it were mainly former clergy. There was only one regiment - The Royal Sussex which has it's own side chapel.
Another feature which doesn't look much, but is an awesome piece of history and that is the Tudor paintings mural - again of clergy.
The downside of the cathedral is that apart from one guided tour there wasn't much information available about everything. We were accosted the moment we walked into the building and forced to take a very small guide which showed the locations and the briefest of information. Shame really.
Written October 7, 2022
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK633 contributions
Sep 2022
Over 900 years old, but in a superb condition, with many interesting parts, notably the chapel of St Mary Magdalene, and the tranquil Lady Chapel. "Free" access but you are strongly encouraged to make donation - which is only fair - given the high costs the Cathedral must bear. Unlike many other cathedrals we have visited , Chichester seems very tranquil, and far more concerned with spiritual rather than financial matters. Very friendly, and particularly helpful Cathedral staff.
Written September 23, 2022
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar8,521 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Unmissable in the centre of Chichester is the wonderful cathedral. This is one of the most pristine and well maintained cathedrals I have seen in the UK. The outbuildings and estate around the cathedral are worth walking around to give the full setting and old workings of the site. Entrance was free and access was pretty much unrestricted (outside of service times) with cameras allowed. This is a beautiful structure with enormous history of both the local area/region and England. The added bonus at time of review was the visit of the Museum of the Moon installation which looked fantastic and part of a Europe wide tour. On a bright sunny autumn day the cathedral looking magnificent and a great way to spend couple hours enjoying. Highly recommend a visit.
Written November 8, 2021
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Ben B
6 contributions
May 2022
The Chagall window blew me away. Such a gorgeous vibrant red with characters from the Old Testament including King David riding a donkey. Really a celebration of life in colour and images. Other artworks include the copper font by John Skelton in the Baptistry, the tapestry over the high altar by John Piper, and a tapestry that for me was the holy spirit as an explosion of brilliant light. Awesome! However the statue of St Richard outside the entrance to the cathedral did remind me a bit of Voldemort! Entrance is free but there are places where you can make a donation by card or cash.
Written May 26, 2022
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,632 contributions
May 2021
The cathedral is an important part of English heritage and should not be missed on any trip to Chichester. Entrance is free although there are opportunities to use your credit card for donations. The staff, which I assume are volunteers, efficiently manage the Covid precautions and are full of information. Try and read the tombstones on the floor and also marvel at the stained glass windows. There are also cloisters outside that are worth a visit. One of the great cathedrals of the country.
Written May 29, 2021
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tripsandfood55
London, UK3,248 contributions
Sep 2022
Chichester Cathedral was built to replace the cathedral founded in 681 for the South Saxons and later founded as a cathedral in 1075. It is free to enter and walk around and take pictures. There is a little information available to read in various places. with QR codes for scanning. Located inside is also The Arundel Tomb (c.1375). Worth a visit if your in the area. During our visit, there was also someone at the doors to answer any questions you may have. Visited in Sep22
Written September 24, 2022
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RWB2012
Reading, UK239 contributions
Sep 2020
A fine historic Cathedral in the heart of Chichester and a pleasure to visit. Inside it is currently very Covid aware, with a clearly marked one way system in place. It was very comfortable to quietly walk around and admission is free, although an electronic donation towards the buildings upkeep was possible. Well worth a visit.
Written October 2, 2020
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Dave Puls
Nottingham, UK963 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This is an amazing cathedral, much larger than expected. We were met by a very enthusiastic guide who was keen to tell us about what we were looking at, even though we were not on an organised tour. We especially liked the glass floor through which we could see Roman mosaics which are twice as old as the cathedral. Look out for the amazing Marc Chagal stained glass window, in striking rich red colours.
Written August 24, 2021
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Johntherunner
London, UK283 contributions
Sep 2021
although the local friendly and helpful local guide said it was only a second rank Cathedral compared to the biggies-York, Wells , Durham etc-it was a place of wonder. The tombs, Stained glass windows and shear scale of the place meant you spent time looking and being amazed as to how it was built and then added to over the years. A place to view at leisure and not in a rush.
Written September 3, 2021
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Gary S
Sutton Coldfield580 contributions
Aug 2022
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It is a must when you visit Chichester to see the Cathedral with its lovely stained glass windows and ambiance. Take time to sit and just reflect on the buildings beauty and how it was built.
We walked after to the canal basin for a stroll along the canal and perused the many shops in the city. Regards Gary
Written August 27, 2022
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