Chichele College

Free Entry

The gardens are open any reasonable time during daylight hours. The chapel is open during events and exhibitions.


College Street, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, NN10 8DZ

Before You Go

Located in the attractive Northamptonshire market town of Higham Ferrers, Chichele College is a rare surviving example of a chantry college. It was founded in 1422 by the locally born Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury. Such colleges, common in England in the 14th and 15th centuries, were groups of priests who shared a communal life which was less strictly controlled than that of a monastery.

The gatehouse, chapel and other remains of the college buildings survive, and the chapel is now regularly used for art exhibitions. 

Managed by Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnerships - visit their website for more information about the college and its garden.

Read more about Chichele College's history.

Before You Go

Parking: There is a small free car park on Saffron Road within a two-minute walk of the site.

Opening Times: The gardens are open any reasonable time during daylight hours.

The chapel interior is open during events and art exhibitions. Events in the summer 2019 programme are:

13 - 19 June - Art exhibition - Gerald Porter & Friends - 10am - 4pm

21 June - Live at the college - 'Fynnius Fogg' performing music from the 60s and 70s - 7.30pm

29 June - Charter Celebration Day - medieval encampment displays featuring living history demonstrations.

6 - 7 July - Art exhibition - Michaela Cordes - 10am - 4pm

20 -21 July - Art exhibition - Richard Walker - 10am - 4pm

21 July - 'Brass on the Grass' with Raunds Temperance Brass Band - bring a picnic

27 - 28 July - 'Archaeology Allsorts' - Hands on activities and displays with Higham Ferrers 'Archaeology and Research Society. Bring your finds along for identification.

4 August - Artisans Day

8 - 11 August - Art exhibition - Steve Garratt - 10am - 4pm

16 August - Live at the college - Lynda Hayes & Steve Stapley - 7.30pm

22 - 26 August - Art exhibition - Maureen Forde, Marlene Wlodarczyk, Wendy Elliott & Co - 10am - 4pm

Facilities: There are toilets, including one suitable for wheelchair users, and baby changing facilities at the college. The college is in the centre of the pretty, historic market town of Higham Ferrers with plenty of places to eat and shops nearby.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden but only assistance dogs are allowed inside the college.

Plan a Great Day Out

11 miles from Chichele College is Bushmead Priory. The priory is a rare survival of a complete refectory of an Augustinian priory.

Also 11 miles from the college is Rushton Triangular Lodge. The building's use of the number three is a testament to the designer's Roman Catholicism and is an intriguing structure.

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