The interior of the college is open on 31st October for an archaeological finds day - for details see the 'Before You Go' section below or the opening times page. Pre-booking is not necessary but at busy times you may need to wait for a short time outside. Please wear a face covering inside the college building.
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
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 that 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 events, and art and heritage 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 college interior will be open for an archaeological finds day on Saturday 31st October from 9am to 4pm held by Higham Ferrers Research and Archaeology Society (HiFARS) and the Chichele Society. HiFARS is currently excavating in the stable yard next to Chichele College, hoping to find evidence of the occupation of the late Saxon people of Higham Ferrers. Items unearthed from the stable yard will be on display in the college interior and you can also visit the excavations in the neighbouring stable yard.
Pre-booking is not necessary but you may need to wait briefly outside at busy times - the perfect time to look at the beautiful garden. Face coverings must be worn in the inside spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
Facilities: There are toilets, including one suitable for wheelchair users, and baby changing facilities at the college. These are generally open when the chapel interior is open for events and art exhibitions but during the Covid-19 pandemic they will be closed. 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.