Chichester Visitor information


An Introduction to Chichester

Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex, South-East England. It holds a Roman past and importance in Anglo-Saxon times. It is the seat of a bishopric, with a 12th century cathedral, and is home to some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain. Chichester is also a transport hub, and the centre for culture in the region with the Festival Theatre and two art galleries. 

Things to do in Chichester

Petworth House is open to the public and has a landscaped deer park with a world famous art collection. Cowdray is one of Southern England's early Tudor courtier's houses though partially destroyed by fire in 1793, its ruins are set in the landscaped grounds of Cowdray Park. Uppark House and Gardens hold late- Georgian interiors Victorian servants' rooms and tunnels and large gardens to explore.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over fifty historic buildings that have been refurbished and re developed. The buildings reflect the homes, farms and workplaces of the people who lived in the south east, and span 600 years. Many buildings are furnished and have period gardens. Including the working 17th century watermill and Tudor kitchen.

Other Attractions To Visit

Chichester Ship Canal - The canal, restored and maintained by volunteers, offers boat trips, refreshments, rowing, fishing, canoeing and walking. It runs 4.5 miles from the Southgate basin in the heart of Chichester to the Chichester Harbour at Birdham. This tranquil haven starts within easy walking distance from the railway station, bus terminus and city centre.

Travelling to Chichester

By Road

The A27 connects Chichester to the M27. Three roads give Chichester access to the north, the A29 from London, the A285 and the A286.

By Coach and Bus

Stagecoach South bus company has its headquarters in Chichester and are the local operators.

By Rail

Chichester railway station has regular services to Brighton, London Victoria via Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth and Southampton.

By Air

The nearest airports are Southampton airport and London Gatwick airport which are both under 35 miles away from Chichester.