Ticket details announced for the Staffordshire Hoard on tour at Lichfield Cathedral

Monday March 7 2011

This summer Lichfield Cathedral will host the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour from Saturday July 30th until Sunday 21st August. Free tickets, and exclusive tours, will be available from March 14th through the Lichfield Garrick Box Office.

The Staffordshire Hoard, the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon gold, was discovered in a farmer’s field near Hammerwich, only 4 miles from Lichfield Cathedral, in 2009. The exhibition will feature over forty iconic items from including the folded cross, the biblical inscription and the seahorse, as well as some newly conserved pieces. The exhibition will be open to the general public free of charge.  It will be located in the Chapter House. The Cathedral is also pleased to announce that a special series of tours will be available at the Cathedral during this time.

Worship in the Cathedral will continue as normal as the Cathedral welcomes visitors from all over the world. Up to 12,600 visitors will experience the Hoard story during the three weeks. The exhibition will tell how the hoard was discovered, emphasising its link to the Cathedral’s own great Anglo-Saxon treasures: the Lichfield Angel and the St Chad Gospels.  Entry to the general exhibition will be free and visitor donations will help to conserve, research and display the Hoard in the future as part of the emerging Mercian trail.

Canon Pete Wilcox, Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral commented:

“We are delighted to be bringing these exquisite pieces of Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship into a building with its roots in the Anglo-Saxon period, and to make them accessible to local people.  It will be exciting to see the hoard items alongside our own Anglo-Saxon artefacts, and to recall the extraordinary life of St Chad, who first preached the Christian Gospel in this region.  We are glad to be taking our place alongside Shire Hall in Stafford and Tamworth Castle in testing the long-term potential of the Mercian Trail. Visitors are urged to book free tickets and exclusive tours as quickly as possible, as interest is bound to be huge.”

Three Different Tour Experiences:

During the exhibition, three types of tour experience will be offered:

  1. Timed Entry Tours (40 minutes) – free of charge

This tour includes general admission to the Staffordshire Hoard for up to 30 people at a time at 20 minute intervals from 10am to 5.20pm Monday to Friday (last entry at 4.40pm), 9am to 5.00pm on Saturdays (last entry at 4.20pm) and 12.20pm to 3.00pm on Sundays (last entry 2.20pm).  Access will be to the hoard display for 20 minutes and to interactive exhibits for a further 20 minutes.

       2.  ‘In Anglo Saxon Footsteps’ - Daytime Story Telling and Tour (45 minutes) – £5 perperson

An experience especially suitable for visitors aged 5 and upwards. Walk in the shoes of the Anglo Saxons to discover the Anglo Saxon origins of Lichfield Cathedral and enjoy story telling this summer holiday. Tales for young and old.

Daily tours at 10.30am (except on Wednesdays and Sundays) and 2pm (every day) will be available for groups of up to 20.  These tickets come with default timed entry to the hoard exhibition at 11.20am and 2.40pm respectively.  On request timed entry can be varied. 

  1.  Staffordshire Hoard Evening Experience Tours (90 minutes) - £15 per person

Outside ordinary opening hours, the Cathedral is offering groups exclusive access to the exhibition, for up to 30 people at a time.  A guided tour of the Cathedral (including its own great Anglo Saxon artefacts, the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel) fills out the story of the Staffordshire Hoard.  Please note that this tour will only be dedicated to one organisation if all 30 places are taken.  There will be two tours every evening (7pm and 8.30pm) from Monday 1st August until Sunday 21st August.

Ticket bookings:

Tickets for all three experiences are available from 14th March from the Lichfield Garrick as follows: 

In person: The Box Office is located in the Lichfield Garrick foyer and is open Monday to Saturday 11am – 6pm. The address of the Box Office is Castle Dyke, Lichfield, WS13 6HR.

Please note that tickets can be collected from the Garrick Theatre or posted out (£1 for postage) up to two days before the timed entry date. Tickets may (and after two working days before the timed entry must) be collected from a desk in the north transept in Lichfield Cathedral.  

By phone: Call the Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121. Open Monday to Saturday 11am – 6pm and until 9.30pm on performance days.

Online: Bookings for In Anglo Saxon Footsteps Tours and Exclusive Evening Tours can be made online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com 24/7 using your debit or credit card. Simply select Book on the Staffordshire Hoard section and follow the on-screen instructions. Please note, online bookings carry a £1 transaction fee.  Free ‘timed entry’ tickets cannot be booked online. 

For updates on the plans for the temporary touring exhibition visit www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk or www.lichfield-cathedral.org/news

For ticket information or queries please contact the Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121.