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5 things you need to know before visiting Chichester Cathedral

You can’t visit Chichester without seeing the famous Chichester Cathedral.

A majestic building which has stood in the city’s centre for over 900 years, new architecture has been added as each century has gone by to create a fusion of ancient and modern features and a beautifully unique aesthetic. Whether you want to experience the Chichester Cathedral services or simply admire the spectacular craftmanship, you won’t be disappointed by what the cathedral has to offer.

Here are five things you need to know before visiting Chichester Cathedral. 

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When can I visit Chichester Cathedral and how much will it cost?

Chichester Cathedral is open for visitors from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 12pm to 2pm. Admission is free of charge; however, donations are gratefully received and help to maintain the cathedral and protect its heritage. Donations can also be made online via the Cathedral’s official website.

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Are there any days when Chichester Cathedral is not open to visitors?

Yes, occasionally the Cathedral will be closed to visitors to allow special Chichester Cathedral services and events to take place, as well as conservation work to keep the building and its surroundings looking their best. To avoid disappointment, it’s worth checking the list of upcoming closures when planning your visit.

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Does Chichester Cathedral offer tours? 

Yes, it does! The cathedral has several knowledgeable guides who can show you around the building. Daily drop-in tours are available from Monday to Saturday at 11:30am and 2:30pm, with each tour taking approximately 45 minutes. You will need to book tickets via the cathedral gift shop on the day of your tour. Group tours are also available but these require advance booking.

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How accessible is Chichester Cathedral?

The Cathedral offers level access through the south-west door, which is indicated on the plan of the site. There are also ramps to allow easy level access and there are two wheelchairs available for use, which are free of charge and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. 
The Cathedral also has a hearing loop which can be used during the services while guide, therapy and assistance dogs are welcome inside the building.

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Where can I park during my visit to Chichester Cathedral?  

There are a limited number of disabled parking spots situated on the approach to the cathedral and these can be used free of charge, provided that a disabled person’s badge is displayed and either the driver or passenger is disabled. If you do not have special accessibility parking requirements, you will need to use one of the public car parks around the city.   

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