Chichester Cathedral, Chichester

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With fine examples of both Norman and Gothic architecture, Chichester Cathedral stands at the center of Chichester. Founded in 1075, this edifice is the only English cathedral visible from the sea. Admire the free-standing medieval bell tower, the only one of its kind in England. Take a free guided tour, with no reservation necessary. If you prefer to see it on your own, you can follow a self-guided tour. Adventure trails for children will keep them occupied (within safe distance) while you roam the site. For a cup of tea and a snack, visit the cafe in the walled garden. Although visits are free, a small donation for the maintenance and preservation of the cathedral is appreciated. Plan your visit to Chichester Cathedral and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Chichester route planner .
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  • I visited here whilst staying nearby for a course. Lovely atmosphere with Evensong just beginning and an impressive building. Looked as though it had been recently cleaned. Reminded me a bit of Chartr...  more »
  • The definite star of the small city of Chichester and we had excellent views out to it whilst having lunch. Unfortunately a percentage of the building was under cover so I managed to get a photo and w...  more »
  • A C athedral that is warm even in the winter, i love it, I often go into it and walk around it is so peaceful and the little cafe is a must for lunch or just a snack,  more »
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  • A beautiful, historic, place of worship, staffed by gentle, helpful guides who are happy to share their knowledge of the cathedral. The cafe is popular and offers hood choices. The gift shop is interesting. This is a stunning building, outside and in.
  • Beautiful, simple and elegant building with a lovely mix of ancient and modern. I liked finding the little details, such as the small crosses carved on an area of wall in the chantry and the tiny ornate figures carved around a stone frame. Oh, and the brass plaque depicting William Bradbridge, his wife, 6 sons and 8 daughters. Lovely. Tip: if you drive in to Chichester on a Saturday, then you can park in the car parks attached to council buildings such as the Records Office for £3 for the whole day. Bargain!
  • Glorious Norman and later Gothic building, with unique free-standing bell tower and double aisles. And it's a living center of worship, which is more to the point!
  • For fans of cathedrals and gothic architecture this is a must-see. How anyone could rate this as a 1-star I have no idea. First off when we got there, a free piano concert was going on by a very accomplished pianist, taking full advantage of the acoustics. We then waited around for the tour and what a great idea that was - an hour long tour of the cathedral, by a very well spoken, eloquent chap who explained everything there is to know about the history, the good and bad times of the cathedral and little know facts about the artworks you would easily miss. The modern and traditional touches mix well here and we spent what was easily 2 hours just admiring the building and interior.
  • A welcoming space to be peaceful, contemplate the beautiful awe inspiring architecture, look up at the stained glass windows including the wonderful Marc Chagall piece, be amazed by the deftness in the design of the modern tapestry and the 400 day Frieda Hughes canvas collage and simply be surrounded by history in all its delightful complexity. The dedicated descriptions at the Bishops tombs was very touching and when l asked where the current incumbent might be placed after his demise l was told by the cheerful volunteer that he had his place reserved in Paradise. She wasn't being flippant. There is a small cemetery on the grounds dubbed " Paradise ". I particularly liked the explanation at the side of the Arundel Tomb where a knight and his lady are seen holding hands !!

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