A trip to Chichester is not complete without a visit to the historic 900 year old Chichester Cathedral, 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.
It is free to enter Chichester Cathedral and it is open every day all year round. Free guided tours 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 to help them learn and have fun while exploring this wonderful building.
Chichester Cathedral is a fascinating combination of both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks. It is renowned for its art, which includes paintings, tapestries, sculptures and stained glass. Contemporary works by acclaimed artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Marc Chagall and Philip Jackson, complement paintings and carvings from every century since the Cathedral’s foundation.
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. In the Shop there’s an opportunity to buy distinctive Cathedral souvenirs, unique jewellery created by local designers, Fairtrade gifts, traditional toys and sacred music. There is also a wide selection of books ranging from local interest titles to spirituality.
Check Chichester 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.
Monday - Saturday: 7.15am - 6.30pm
Sunday: 7.15am - 5.00pm
Admission: Free, donations are welcome.
Please get in touch for prices for larger group visits which must be booked in advance.
Toilets (including accessible)
The Cathedral is accessible for disabled visitors.
Please contact Chichester Cathedral directly if you require more information about your visit.
How to find us
A prominent landmark of the area, the Cathedral is in the heart of Chichester close to the Market Cross, the centre point of the City's main pedestrianised shopping streets. The Cathedral's postcode is PO19 1RP.
Approach from the M27 (A27) and turn northwards at one of the bypass roundabouts following signs for the city centre. Visitors arriving by car should aim for one of the many public car parks around the City. By Coach:
Coaches should approach from the west side of the City and head for West Street where there is a drop off point for coaches, just outside the Cathedral.
Leaving the Railway Station on foot, turn left into Southgate. Walk straight ahead into South Street and follow the road to the pedestrianised crossroads at the top. Turn left into West Street and you will see the Cathedral on your left, the entrance is signposted from here. It is about half a mile from the station to the Cathedral and will take an average of 10 minutes to walk. There are no inclines on the journey.
For an up-to-date bus timetable visit the STAGECOACH website