All you need to know about Chichester

Offering a lively mix of city, coast and countryside. The Cathedral City is situated between the beautiful rolling downland of the recently created South Downs National Park and the sailing waters of Chichester Harbour. Chichester is a thriving business and commercial centre and offers extensive sporting, recreational and cultural facilities including the renowned Festival Theatre and Goodwood and Fontwell Racecourses nearby.

Chichester is surrounded by many popular villages such as Singleton, East Dean, Charlton, Lavant, East Marden, Compton, Walderton and Chilgrove nestling in the Downs to the north, East & West Ashling, Funtington, Fishbourne and Hambrook to the west and Tangmere, Oving and Boxgrove to the east. Around the peninsular to the south are several sailing or seaside villages such as Bosham, East & West Wittering, Sidlesham, Bracklesham Bay and Selsey.

A little bit of history

When the Domesday Book was compiled, Chichester consisted of 300 dwellings which held a population of 1,500 people. There was also a mill named Kings Mill that would have been rented to local slaves and villeins. After the Battle of Hastings the township of Chichester was handed to Roger de Mongomerie, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, for courageous efforts in the battle, but it was forfeited in 1104 by the 3rd Earl.

Need to know

Chichester is home to some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain.


The City offers excellent shopping facilities ranging from interesting individual stores to numerous high street names. Always chic and never ordinary, the city caters for the true shopper in ways many would love to emulate and never will!

If antiques are more to your liking, then nearby Petworth a small market town nestling in the South Downs National Park is a must. There are great farm shops, country wear specialists, chandlers, diving gear specialists, department stores, high end chain stores, quality independents, shoe shops, cook shops, food outlets, toys shops all made for browsing and that odd bargain at certain times of the year.

Things to do

From modern art to traditional rural craftsmanship in action, the city offers the opportunity to stimulate the mind and the senses by proudly blending two thousand years of heritage with a lively, contemporary lifestyle and a flourishing arts scene.There is music, dance and theatre throughout the year; with festivities and entertainment ranging from open air concerts, through the Real Ale and Jazz Festival, to the varied programme of the annual Chichester Festivities. Top events for many visitors are Goodwood’s famous racecourse, motor circuit and estate, attracting a worldwide audience to Glorious Goodwood, the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival .

For much of its route, Salterns Way runs along safe and car-free paths, making it a good place for families or couples to cycle together. Take a walk around East Head’s wild and grassy sand dunes – a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ and a wetland site of international importance. the shallow lagoons and sandy flats also provide ample opportunity for ramblers and cyclists as the beach lands can be enjoyed all year round. Nearby Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve is home to all kinds of wildlife. The Salterns Way footpath and cycle path is a 19 kilometer long cycle path which runs from the centre of Chichester to the lovely sandy beach at West Wittering.

Chic, sandy and unspoilt, West Wittering’s beach and sand dunes will more than whet your appetite. The classic promenade of beach huts adorning the shoreline, combined with clean, crystal clear waters have long made it a favourite destination for sporty sailors, sassy surfers and families looking for a traditional bucket and spade holiday alike. It is no wonder it’s considered one of the premier ‘Blue Flag’ beaches in the country.

Eating and drinking

There is an abundance of pubs, brasseries and restaurants catering for all budgets. Whether your taste is for a formal meal or more casual fare, there are restaurants or cosy cafes to suit everyone.

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