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Library Tours at Lichfield Cathedral
  • 19A The Close
    Lichfield
    Staffs
    WS13 7LD
The Library, situated on the upper floor of their unique two-storey Chapter House, is one of the Cathedral’s best-loved treasures.

Tucked away 35 steps up a spiral staircase above the unique two storey Chapter House is a world straight out of a Harry Potter novel. 

Housed there is a magnificent collection of early printed books and hand copied manuscripts in a wonderful 13th century space with its medieval floor tiles and coloured armorial glass moved from the Lady Chapel, when the glass there was replaced. 

The collection was the gift of Frances Seymour of Drayton Bassett who gave her late husband’s library to the cathedral in 1674 at her death. The size of the original bequest is not clear but we know we have more than 400 books and manuscripts still with us. 

Visitors can see behind the scenes of the Library and view some of treasures it stores on dedicated Library Tours, being offered on eight Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. The tour is not to be missed and will last around 1.5 hours. 

Cathedral librarian Clare Townsend commented “This is a great opportunity to see some of our most treasured books and manuscripts from the cathedral library.  This year we are showcasing items from the library of William Seymour, 2nd duke of Somerset, gifted by his widow Frances in 1673, including our illuminated copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

There will also be two accessible tours on Wednesday 18 May and Wednesday 14 September at 10:30 designed for those unable to ascend the spiral staircase. Accessible tours will take place at ground level in the Chapter House. 

As the nights draw in, Lichfield Cathedral hosts two special Candlelit Library Tours (Friday 11 November and Tuesday 6 December at 19:30).

Tickets are £18.

Book your tickets right here. This will take you directly onto their website.

 

Future dates
  • Wednesday 8th June 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Saturday 11th June 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 20th July 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Saturday 23rd July 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 10th August 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Saturday 13th August 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 7th September 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Saturday 10th September 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 14th September 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 5th October 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Saturday 8th October 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 9th November 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Friday 11th November 7:30pm until 9:00pm
  • Saturday 12th November 10:30am until 12:00pm
  • Tuesday 6th December 7:30pm until 9:00pm
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