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Chichester Cathedral will be opening up three Behind The Scenes areas of the Cathedral on the afternoon of Saturday, September 10 between 2 and 4pm as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The national event celebrates England’s history and culture by offering free access to interesting buildings that are usually closed to the public, or normally charge for admission.

The Cathedral will be opening three areas of the Cathedral that are usually private:

The Cathedral Library is home to a fascinating collection of rare books stored in the Cathedral heights. The Song School Room is the home of the famous Cathedral Choir - a historic room with a secret chamber. And The Bishop’s Chapel is the private chapel of the Bishop of Chichester with its unique 13th Century Chichester Roundel.

Admission is free and no booking necessary, Just turn up between 2 and 4pm on September 10.

On the same day, and also part of Heritage Open Days, you can take part in the Cathedral’s family activity - Build your own Cathedral. Visit Chichester Cathedral on the morning of September 10 and make your own (very small) Cathedral to take home.

Costumed characters will be in the cathedral to chat to families and tell them something of the building’s history and architecture. They will encourage children to make drawings to use in creating a cut-out cathedral. There is no charge for the morning but donations would be welcome.

This is a drop-in activity which will take place between 10.30am-12.30pm, linked to Heritage Open Day. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitors should be aware there are steep spiral stairs to both the Song School and the Library and a few steps leading to the Bishop’s Chapel. For any further information, contact the Cathedral Offices on 01243 782595 or visit www.chichestercathdral.org.uk.