Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral has welcomed people through its doors for over nine centuries. This beautiful building, and its services and events, are open to all.

About this church

A trip to the bustling City of Chichester is not complete without a visit to the historic 900 year old Cathedral, a living church whose spire dominates the horizon for miles around.

This magnificent Cathedral is Mother Church to the parishes of Sussex and welcomes visitors of any faith and those with none. With history, heritage, art and music, and the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens to explore, it’s a must see for visitors of all ages. Entry is free and the Cathedral is open every day all year round. Free guided tours for small groups run at 11.15am and 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday. Tours last about an hour and there’s no need to book. There are a number of special trails for children of all ages to help them learn and have fun while exploring this wonderful building.

The Cloisters Café offers delicious homemade food from breakfast to afternoon tea, light snacks and indulgent lunches, as well as a tasty selection of affordable children’s meals. Self-catering and B&B accommodation is also available at a number of the historic properties located adjacent to the Cathedral. Check the Cathedral website for a vibrant calendar of events including exhibitions, talks, lectures, lunchtime and evening concerts, many free of charge.

You are very welcome to drop in and join one of the daily services, or just wander freely in this extraordinary and atmospheric building. The Cathedral is easily accessible by train (station approx half mile away) and by bus.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access throughout
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

Other nearby churches

St Paul

The church was constructed in 1836, designed by noted local architect Joseph Butler.

St Mary the Virgin

The church dates from 12th century, set in the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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