The Close surrounding the Cathedral has its own story to tell, with picturesque gardens, stunning buildings and a vibrant history. In medieval times, the close was a fortified area, with stone wall surrounding it on three sides, and the waters of Minister Pool acting as a natural barrier on the south side.
Most of the buildings in The Close are owned by the Cathedral. Many of them were constructed in the middle ages, however some were altered in the 18th or 19th centuries, and their fronts hide the original structures.
A visit to Vicars' Close will leave you feeling like you've stepped back in time as you take in the row of quintessential medieval houses.
To the north side of the Cathedral there is a charming early 18th century Deanery and buildings which are now used by Lichfield Cathedral School. The late 17th century building which is now used by the school was, until the 20th century, the Bishop's Palace; this building replaced a great medieval palace.