The Cathedral is amazing. It's open to the public and was busy when we visited. It's a truly awesome building in its size and beauty and it is full of local and religious history. We could easily have spent even longer in there than we did.
They have activities for children to look for certain items in the Cathedral to make it a bit more interesting for them but my 4 year old was quite content not doing it. I think there is enough there not to need that kind of thing but it's good that kids are encouraged to discover.
It's great whether you are religious or not as it's easy to appreciate the architecture.
There was work being done when we went but there was still plenty to explore and discover.
Whenever any of my friends come visit from the US, instead of showing them around Tamworth or Spark Hill and letting them think I live in a bit of a dump, I take them to Lichfield, let them soak in the history and feel the moneyed atmosphere, and remind them that it is the UK's second smallest city.
They are unfailingly delighted and thrilled when they find out that England and Wales reward city status based on a place having a cathedral -- and that a town could have 100,000 residents, but (said in Eddie Izzard style), "I'm sorry, but do you have a Cathedral? No cathedral, no city! Those are the rules that I just made up!"
Lichfield Cathedral is a medieval cathedral, oddly, with three spires, instead of the traditional one, typically at the base of the transept, near the entrance. It has two spires of roughly the same size, and one large one.
The Cathedral is a gothic monstrosity of hugeness -- dark, intimidating and looming, it's spires can be seen from nearly any point in Lichfield. The site has always been a point of worship for Christians, since the age of St Chad, but the Gothic touches that we can see now were begun in the late 12th century.
The Cathedral was very damaged during the English Civil War (thank you Cromwell, you turd), but has since been repaired completely.
The Cathedral seems to go on and on and on, similarly to York Minster, and its beauty seems to grow with each new thing to take in. The tiles in the main sanctuary/transept are awe-inspiringly lovely.
There are so many details to discover. I've been there five times, and always enjoy discovering something new, and savouring the peaceful atmosphere.
There are illuminations of the Gospels possibly dating from the late 9th century, and containing some of the first examples of written Welsh (the language, interestingly, in which most of the legends of King Arthur were recorded).
The Lichfield Angel is a great example of Anglo-Saxon/Mercian sculpture, and probably dates from the early 9th century.
For an extra treat, go when the Boy's Choir is singing -- it's the prettiest sound I've ever heard.
The Lichfield Cathedral is free to visit, but, like York Minster, it survives purely on charitable donations, so do pop a fiver in the basket when it passes. You won't regret helping keep this magnificent piece of English history alive.
A beautiful building with lots of interesting features inside and outside. Regularly hosts choirs and recitals but you are welcome to go and sit in and listen to the rehersals. The interior of the cathedral is stunning, the acoustics fabulous, as you might expect.
A great place for art students to sketch as you have many vistas on the building with very nice backgrounds.
It's old. It's big. And it's got three spires.
It's easy to find (Go to Lichfield. Look up) but parking in Cathedral Close is a bit of an issue.
As far as Cathedrals go, it's a nice one. But nothing spectacular.
Admission is free, but there's a donation box by the door.
Spectacular dominating towers, designed to fill the ordinary folk with awe - and it works, even now in the age of jumbo jets and Kettles Crisps.
Excellent skylines from all angles, the city centre, the adjoining lakes and parks and from Stowe Pool and St Chads church beyond.
Can't add much more than the existing reviews, apart from a couple of additional snaps to try and tempt wanderers to make a worthwhile detour to get a little dose of awe.
Lovely place. Beautiful frontage. No entry charge. Visit!
I try and get here once a year at least. The cathedral is beautiful and well worth a visit. The stained glass windows are stunning and the place is full of history. They seem to attract a lot of visitors all year round and in school time they have a lot of trips. There is a lot of information boards placed around the cathedral and no matter how many times I visit, I still read everything.
Lichfield Cathedral is the only cathedral in the UK with 3 spires, which gives reason alone for anyone interested in ancient buildings or religious sites to visit. It was started in 700, during Saxon times, and had Norman as well as Gothic rebuildings - some remains from these earlier buildings still exist. Much of the work stems from the 1200's, with the part known as the Choir dated at 1200.
It's a beautiful sandstone building, and you can see the towering spires for miles around, with Lichfield set in a valley. The Cathedral sits next to Minster pool where, in olden times, there used to be a ferry taxi service to carry you across. The city, like many others in England, used to be surrounded by protective walls, pieces of which still remain and can be viewed around Cathedral Close, the small road that leads to and goes around the cathedral.
There is a suggested donation that greets you when you enter, although this is a voluntary offering - as you can expect from such an old place the upkeep and restoration costs are enormous.
Some of the beauty inside comes from the colourful stained glass windows, as well as the many statues and tombs that lie there. One of my favourites is the 'Sleeping Children' statue, which commemorates two children who died.
A short walk around Stowe Pool from the Cathedral takes you to St Chads church, named after St Chad, the founder of the cathedral, who was original Bishop there in, where his body was interred in 700 (his body was later removed).
There's a coffee shop in Cathedral Close, which serves main meals, as well as teas, coffees and snacks. Otherwise the city has many restaurants and coffee shops. Thrales is a delightful old restaurant, which serves incredibly good food, and offers lunch and dinner fixed price deals, as well as a la carte dining.
So, take a visit to Lichfield Cathedral to marvel at its wonders, or include it within a few hours trip to the city.
This is an absolutely stunning place to visit, it is teemed in history and is a pleasure to walk around. The locals are very friendly and love talking about the cathedral. We normally go around christmas time for mass as the setting is beautiful and it is a one off experience. You can park easily anywhere around Lichfield in NCP car parks.
this is a truely beautiful cathedral with absoultly breath taking features, it is relly a place to go and see and the area aound is also full of such culture you just have to love it, lichfield hasnt been changed so much that you cant see the beauty that once was there. i recommend going and seeing the cathedral and apreciating the hard work and labour that went in to building this cathedral.
lichfield cathedral is really beautiful!! with lots of interesting things to see! it is also set in beautiful surroundings!! so its even better if its a beautiful day!! the coffee shop near by is lovely with lots of things to choose from!!
this so beautiful inside it defys words, it is magical, a great place to visit.
visit the beautiful gothic cathedral,the only three spired medieval english cathedral.its such a lovely place to wander round.the architechture and the stone carvings are amazing,theres so much detail all over the building.the surrounding close also has some lovely old buildings.also visit the cathedral cafe.during december they hold some lovely services,especially the shoppers afternoon carol service.
excellent place to visit better on sunny day
What a wonderful, tranquil place to lose yourself for a few hours. When I have the time, and my business allows, I love to attend the Sunday evensong, which is I think best during the cathederal school term times, when the choir is in attendance. Heaven on earth, as it was always intended to be.
this is a lovely cathedral, I come here a few times a year to take photos. its got plenty of character, its built wonky, it curves markedly when you look down its length. nice frontage, shows off Gothic as its best. not the most beautiful thing around but still lovely.
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