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Chichester

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Chichester [3] is a cathedral city in West Sussex, on England's South East coast.

Understand[edit]

Chichester Cross - at the heart of a busy town

Chichester has been occupied since before Roman times, when it was believed to have been one of the bridgeheads of the Roman invasion of Britain. The city centre is built on the Roman town of Noviomagus, and it benefits from the cross-shaped design favoured by the Romans - North Street, South Street, East Street and West Street converge on the Chichester Cross, a medieval market cross.

Chichester is famous for the annual Chichester Festivities and the Chichester Real Ale and Jazz Festival [4].

To the North of the City is the South Downs National Park with its chalky escarpments, dominated by Goodwood Racecourse; to the South is the Manhood Peninsula, with 3 Harbours !!; sandy and shingly beaches and the Town of Selsey, and the Bracklesham / East and West Wittering villages, plus Birdham and Sidlesham. They all have their own characters, pubs, attractions and shops. Its a busy place especially in the Summer with caravan parks, holiday lets swelling the local population. To the West is Emsworth and Havant on the Hampshire border, to the East is Bognor Regis.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The A27 runs east, past Arundel, to Worthing, and west to Portsmouth, where it joins the M27 and goes on to Southampton. The A286 heads north, eventually reaching Guildford.

By train[edit]

Chichester has a station just south of the City Centre. It is served by Southern services from London, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton; and First Great Western services from Bristol and the West Country.

Get around[edit]

The centre of Chichester is small, and can easily be covered on foot. As with most other towns in England, the town is well serviced by buses and taxis.

By bus[edit]

There is a bus station situated next to the railway station, south of the city centre. It is a hub for main south coast and local services. Buses run every 15 minutes to Selsey and to Bognor Regis or Portsmouth. Other buses run to Midhurst, The Witterings and Littlehampton.

By taxi[edit]

The main taxi rank is located outside the station.

See[edit][add listing]

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Chichester
  • Chichester Cathedral - built in 1075, it is the only medieval cathedral to have a separate bell tower, and the only cathedral in England visible from the sea. Free entry and guided tours. Try and coincide your visit with evensong. [[5]]
  • Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant (SE quadrant of city centre), [1]. One of the best and most varied collections of art displayed in an attractive combination of Georgian house and 2000s annex. £7.50.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk the old city walls that surround the city
  • Take part in the annual Chichester Festivities
  • Go watch a show at the Chichester Festival Theatre
  • See the scenic Bishops Gardens by the Cathedral
  • Stroll along the Chichester Canal. In the summer months you can hire a kayak, rowing boat or take a trip on a canal boat
  • Wander around the local market on Wednesdays in the town centre or go to Drapers Yard, a market for small businesses
  • Cycle down Centurion Way, a cycle path that starts in Chichester and heads into the South Downs National Park, coming out at Lavant

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Smith & Western- American diner next to the train station with country themed food and decor.
  • The Kennels, Goodwood-
  • Shakedelic- A milkshake bar popular with teenagers that serves waffles and ice creams as well as a long list of different types of milkshakes with toppings and sauces.
  • Purchases- High end restaurant and bar in the centre of town with a special menu for pre-theatre dining.
  • Turners Pies- One shop of a local chain that produce award winning pies, quiches, sausage rolls and anything else you'd expect in a pie shop. The shop mostly serves cold pies to cook at home but also have warm pies to take away at lunchtimes.
  • Bear and Boy Bakery- Based in Draper's Yard, a market for local shops, the bakery make fresh cakes and savoury bakes, as well as offering gluten free options.
  • St Pancras- Just off East Street, St Pancras has a number of takeaways and restaurants including Thai, Indian and the Nags Head Pub. A nearby square also has a Brasserie Blanc and Carluccios.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • China Royale, 6-7 Market Road. Good all you can eat Chinese restaurant. Friendly atmosphere and cheap prices.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • '''Chichester Self Catering''' (Sidlesham), Living Elements, Keynor Lane (opp Sch) Sidkesham, CHICHESTER PO20 7NL (Go South of Chichester on the B2145 to Selsey •Continue for 6 miles through Sidlesham •Follow the road until you see the sign post to ‘Highleigh & Wild Bird Hospital’ •Turn right into Keynor Lane •Continue for 0.5 miles •Living Elements is on the left with a sandy colored fence.), ++44(0)7769 746113, [2]. checkin: 4pm; checkout: 10am. 2 countryside properties for short term, weekly or longer rentals. Large gardens, pet and partially wheelchair friendly. Close to beaches and City. Open all year. Sleep from 2-16. Hen parties and family groups welcome. Jacuzzi & sauna. Cost varies during season, always email or ask for the best, personal service.. (50:46:25N (50.77364),0:47:57W (-0.79919)) edit

Get out[edit]

Other places of interest in the Chichester area


  • Arundel Picturesque town with impressive and famous castle among other sights
  • Emsworth little fishing town has some great restaurants, pubs and an excellent food festival in early September.
  • Selsey Bill popular coastal destination
  • Bognor Regis Traditional seaside resort, popular with families
  • Portsmouth the historic home of the Royal Navy, with 12 museums and 2 theatres is situated less than 20 miles from Chichester. Portsmouth has extensive opportunities for shopping and nightlife.
  • West Witterings the closest sandy beach to London but be warned there are LONG queues in the Summer - 3H to get on and off the beach. Try some of the other ones locally. Parking cost £8 per car for the day (2015) Bus fare is £5.80 return as of 29 Jun 2014.
  • Chichester Harbour A large, non-commercial harbor with AONB status. Wildlife haven, loved by sailors and fishermen. West Wittering beach and Hayling Island is at the entrance, which goes out to The Solent. Many sailing Clubs around the Harbnour.

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