If you wish to bring a group to the Cathedral our Guides can provide a general or specialist tour.
Tours for large groups (over 6 people) must be pre-arranged and details for booking are at the end of this page. All of our tours are accessible, if you require more information, do not hesitate to get in touch.
General Guided Tour
This tour is ideal if you have not visited the Cathedral before.
The tour encompasses all aspects of the Cathedral including its history, art and architecture. The tour length can be adjusted to suit your itinerary, and can last from 45 minutes to 95 minutes.
We charge a small fee of £6.00 per adult for a general tour, under 12s are free.
If your group would like to concentrate on a particular aspect of the Cathedral please do contact us to discuss your visit.
The Art of Chichester Cathedral: The Cathedral is particularly renowned for its modern artworks, including important pieces by John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Marc Chagall. Many of these were commissioned by Dean Walter Hussey, a great patron of the arts, during his time in office from 1955-77. The Cathedral is also noted for its earlier works including unique Tudor paintings - of national importance - and two Romanesque panels known as the ‘Chichester Reliefs’, which are dated as early as 1125-50.
- Stained Glass: The Cathedral’s stained glass includes a stunning South Transept window depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments. There is more modern glass too, including the Marc Chagall window (1978) based on Psalm 150 –‘ Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord’ with its mass of small figures playing a range of instruments with great joy and abandonment.
- American Patrons: Learn more about the Cathedral's transatlantic ties with this introduction to Chichester's historic artefacts, stories and noteworthy works of art. This tour includes a visit to the Cathedral Library, not usually open to the public, and may be of particular interest to American Patrons researching their own ancestry. (Please note, the Library is accessed by a steep winding staircase).
Behind the Scenes Tour
There is a charge of £10.00 per adult for the Behind the Scenes tour.
Behind the Scenes (includes Cathedral Library, Cathedral Song School and the Bishop's Chapel)Visit three areas of the Cathedral normally closed to the public - the Song School, dating from the early 1500s, located high up in the Cathedral’s triforium and reached only by a winding spiral staircase. The Cathedral Library, also in the Cathedral heights, where a fascinating collection of rare books is stored, including an early edition of Chaucer. And the 13th century Bishop’s Chapel, the private chapel of the Bishop of Chichester, with a rare roundel wall painting known as ‘the Chichester Roundel’.
Our Bookings Administrator will be happy to discuss your arrangements and help organise a visit that suits your particular group: 01243 813586 or firstname.lastname@example.org