Lancing College Chapel

Type:Cathedral / Minister

Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 0RW

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Lancing College Chapel is a magnificent Gothic Revival chapel set in the South Downs National Park and is the largest school chapel in the world - the height of the nave is 90ft to the apex of the vault. It was founded by Nathaniel Woodard in 1868 and consecrated in 1911.

The west end includes the spectacular rose window, dedicated by Archbishop Coggan in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales in 1978, which at 32ft in diameter is the largest in England. The west wall was designed by Stephen Dykes Bower and constructed between 1960 and 2017.

In 2020 work began to complete the west end of the chapel with an elegant three-arched porch designed by Michael Drury to provide an entrance worthy of this Grade 1 listed national monument. The porch, which was dedicated in April 2022, won a Sussex Heritage Trust award and is greatly admired.

Come and view the many other notable features of this magnificent building, including the stained glass window consecrated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on 22nd May 2007 in memory of Bishop Trevor Huddleston, a pupil at Lancing in the late 1920's, and the alter tapestries woven on the William Morris looms as well as the organs, wood carvings and other works of art. 

The chapel lies in the school grounds of Lancing College, an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 13-18 founded in 1848.


Guide Prices

Free. Donations are requested for the Friends of Lancing Chapel. Visitors are asked to sign in for security purposes as they enter the Chapel. The other College buildings are not open to the public.


Road Directions

Lancing College is situated mid way between Lancing and Shoreham, off A27 and north of Shoreham Airport  

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Shoreham-by-Sea station is 3 miles away.



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Cater for school groups
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Gift shop
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

* Open daily 10am-4pm, and 12 noon-4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays (closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday & Easter Sunday).
For the latest news and updates visit the website or our Facebook page @lancingcollegechapel.

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