Staffordshire Hoard at Lichfield Cathedral
Please note that the Staffordshire Hoard objects will not be on display from 2 February to 15 March 2014 whilst we carry out important research into the collection. The Cathedral will be open as usual. Visitors will be able to view the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel in the Chapter House at the usual exhibition times. Please see the website for any exceptions or, if you are planning a special visit, ‘phone the Cathedral Reception to check opening times: 01543 306100.
There is a permanent display of items from the Staffordshire Hoard at Lichfield Cathedral.
The origins of Lichfield Cathedral are rooted in the time scholars believe the hoard was buried. Discover the Lichfield Cathedral story – learn about the ‘Christianisation’ of Mercia and the heroic figure of St Chad. Marvel at the exquisite Anglo-Saxon treasures, the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel. The exhibition also explores the significance of the Staffordshire Hoard’s folded cross, the pectoral cross and the Biblical inscription, and features a small number of hoard items alongside stunning replicas.
How to book your ticket
Entrance is free and tickets are not required.
Please note that in the exceptionally rare circumstance that we are unable to invigilate the exhibition, it may be necessary for us to close the Chapter House at short notice. Please call in advance if you want to ensure the exhibition will be open. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
A number of tours are available that highlight the Cathedral's Anglo-Saxon heritage and treasures. To find out more about the tours, call 01543 306100.
- The entrance has a permanent wheelchair accessible ramp and a handrail
- There is level access to the main public areas and throughout the Hoard exhibition.
- Routes and/or pathways are suitable for wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility
- Seating is provided at regular intervals for visitors with limited mobility?
- Guide dogs allowed and hearing loop available.
- Public toilets are not provided on site, but are available nearby.
- Chapters Coffee Shop & Restaurant is situated in the close and is open 9am - 5pm (Monday - Saturday) and 10am - 4pm (Sundays). Chapters serves a selections of cold and hot lunches, snacks and drinks.
- There is a gift shop in the Cathedral, and a Cathedral bookshop in the Close.
Getting here and parking
Lichfield is in the heart of the Midlands about 17 miles north east of Birmingham. It is also very conveniently situated close to the main motorway network. We are about 17 miles north of the M6 motorway and close to the M42.
- From the South leave the M6 at Junction 5 and follow the A38 to Lichfield or alternatively leave the M42 at Junction 9 and take the A446. Follow the A38 to Lichfield and then follow the brown signs.
- From the North - leave the M6 at Junction 6 and follow the A38 to Lichfield.
- See car park maps
- There is a regular train service every 20 minutes from Birmingham New Street to Lichfield City station. We advise visitors to check for the most up-to-date train times (check www.nationalrail.co.uk for the most up-to-date train times).
- Mainline services also serve Lichfield Trent Valley on the West Coast main line.
- Find out about local bus services
What else to see and do
From Samuel Johnson's birthplace, which is now a fascinating museum, and Erasmus Darwin's (the grandfather of Charles Darwin) house, to beautiful cobbled streets, boutique shops, restaurants, bistros and more, there's loads to see and do in Lichfield. If you want to travel a little further afield, don't miss out on the world famous National Memorial Arboretum in nearby Alrewas.
To find out more log on to www.visitlichfield.co.uk or call the tourist information team on +44 (0) 1543 412112.
To find out what else you can see and do in Staffordshire, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com