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


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 [1].

Get in

By car

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

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

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

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.

By taxi


  • 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. [[2]]
  • Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant (SE quadrant of city centre). One of the best and most varied collections of art displayed in an attractive combination of Georgian house and 2000s annex. £7.50.
  • Chichester Canal-A short walk from the City center. It is possible to walk or cycle the canal's 4.5 mile towpath all the way to Chichester Harbour. Rowboats can be hired at the Chichester Basin although dropped bridges mean only a limited section of the canal is navigable.


  • Walk the old city walls
  • Take part in the annual Chichester Festivities


At Smith & Western American diner next to the train station

The Kennels, Goodwood


  • Jasmine House, 26A the hornet. Good all you can eat Chinese restaurant. Friendly atmosphere and cheap prices.


Go next

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

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