Towns & Villages
One of the most charming and stylish cities on the South Coast, Chichester combines all the attractions of a thriving urban centre with the rural delights of West Sussex.
Just a short train ride from London, Chichester is ideally placed for exploring the glorious coastline and the stunning surrounding countryside of the South Downs.
The 600-year-old spire of Chichester Cathedral, rising above the peaceful streets below, can be seen from miles out at sea. Head inside to see the striking arches and stained glass windows – or join a guided tour for the full insight into this stunning construction.
Adding to Chichester's atmosphere of elegance and sophistication is Goodwood Racecourse. One of the world's great racecourses, with expansive views across the Downs towards the Solent, Goodwood is a picturesque gem. Even if you're not there for the horses, there are regular concerts, the annual Festival of Speed and a beautiful mansion house to explore.
Chichester is also home to undoubtedly one of the best theatres outside of London. The Chichester Festival Theatre has seen countless stars and big West End shows appear on its bill, with an annual programme of theatre, comedy and special events (culminating in the Chichester Festival).
Things to see and do in Chichester...
- Explore Fishbourne Roman Palace. Discovered by local workmen in 1960, it's one of the most impressive Roman ruins in Britain. Preserved mosaic floors and even Roman footprints really bring the palace to life.
- Head to the glorious sands of West Wittering, one of the UK's most striking beaches and winner of a European Blue Flag Award.
- Make sure you make time to head up to Goodwood. Not only is it one of the UK's best racecourses, you can find historic treats at Goodwood House and annual thrills at the Festival of Speed.
- Check out the modern art in the striking Pallant House Gallery set inside a listed early 18th Century Queen Anne town house.
- See historic Chichester brought to life at the Weald and Down Open Air Museum.
More Chichester Information
Chichester Tourist Information Centre is located in Tower Street, Chichester. There are plenty of high quality Chichester hotels as well as bed & breakfasts in Chichester to choose from.
In the heart of Chichester, a magnificent Cathedral with treasures ranging from medieval stone...0.3 miles away
There are more than 4000 stars and other celestial objects in the skies of the South Downs...0.8 miles away
Remains of the largest Roman domestic residence in Britain. Beautiful mosaics, museum, audio visual...1.57 miles away
Goodwood House, home to the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years, is open to the public for 60 days...2.8 miles away
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