Chance to see rarely-visited parts of Chichester Cathedral

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Chichester Cathedral is opening its doors to three areas which are normally closed to the public.

As part of Heritage Open Days, visitors will have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and enjoy three areas of the cathedral which are normally closed off to the public.

On Saturday, September 8 between 10am-1pm, the public will be able to visit the Song School, the library and the Bishop’s Chapel.

The Song School is located high up in the cathedral’s triforium and reached only by a winding staircase. 
This is where the cathedral choir practise twice daily under the direction of the organist and master of the choristers.

Visitors can also enjoy the Library in the cathedral’s north triforium.

The private chapel of the Bishop of Chichester is located in the historic Bishop’s Palace and contains the rare roundel wall-painting dating from the 13th century, which is well-known as ‘the Chichester Roundel’.

Ruth Poyner, cathedral spokeswoman, said: ‘We are delighted to be participating in Heritage Open Days. The Library and Song School are of great historical interest and tucked away in the high corners of the cathedral.

“The Bishop’s Private Chapel is equally special. We hope visitors thoroughly 
enjoy this opportunity to experience these rarely-seen places.”

Visitors should be aware there are 40 spiral stairs up to the Song School and the Library and a number of steps down to the Bishop’s Chapel.

Entry into the rooms is free and there is no need to book.

For further information about Chichester Cathedral, contact 01243 782595 or visit