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Top 10 Things to Do in Chichester

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The return of the Chichester Fringe is not the only thing to get excited about when visiting the charming Sussex city.

1. Chichester Fringe

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This year, the Fringe will feature 70-plus performers and over 50 shows over two weeks, from Friday, May 31st, to Saturday, June 15th. This is an annual multi-arts festival, and its mission is simple: to break down barriers for up-and-coming performers, provide them with free spaces, and enable them to showcase their brilliant work.

2. Chichester Cathedral

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Chichester Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece and spiritual beacon. With its soaring spire, intricate stonework, and stunning stained glass windows, it is a testament to medieval craftsmanship and religious devotion. Originally built in the 11th century, the cathedral has undergone several expansions and renovations over the centuries, resulting in a captivating blend of architectural styles, from Norman to Gothic.

Visitors to Chichester Cathedral are greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of its grand façade, adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures. Inside, the cathedral’s soaring nave, elegant columns, and tranquil cloisters provide a serene setting for contemplation and reflection. Highlights include the beautiful medieval choir stalls, the exquisite Arundel Tomb, and the magnificent organ dating back to the 19th century.

Beyond its architectural splendour, Chichester Cathedral is a vibrant centre of worship, music, and community life, hosting regular services, concerts, and events throughout the year. Whether marvelling at its architectural grandeur or seeking spiritual solace, visiting Chichester Cathedral is an unforgettable experience.

3. Goodwood Estate


Located just outside of Chichester, the Goodwood Estate is a quintessential English destination renowned for its rich heritage, sporting events, and luxurious amenities. Steeped in history dating back to the 17th century, the estate encompasses various attractions catering to visitors of all interests.

At the heart of the estate lies Goodwood House, an elegant stately home brimming with opulent furnishings, priceless artworks, and lavish gardens. Visitors can immerse themselves in the aristocratic lifestyle of yesteryear as they explore the grand rooms and picturesque grounds.

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For adrenaline enthusiasts, the Goodwood Estate is synonymous with motorsport, thanks to its iconic motor racing circuit, which hosts prestigious events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. Additionally, the estate boasts a world-class golf course, horse racing track, and clay pigeon shooting facilities, ensuring there’s never a dull moment for sports enthusiasts.

4. Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace stands as a testament to the grandeur and sophistication of Roman Britain. Discovered by chance in the 1960s, this remarkable archaeological site offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of a Roman nobleman.

At its heart lies the impressive remains of a sprawling Roman villa, complete with beautifully preserved mosaic floors, intricate wall paintings, and a network of lavish rooms and corridors. The centrepiece of the villa is the grand reception hall, adorned with intricate geometric designs and scenes depicting Roman mythology.

In addition to the villa remains, the site features an award-winning museum where visitors can explore artefacts unearthed during excavations, including pottery, coins, and jewellery. Interactive displays and multimedia exhibits bring to life the daily routines and customs of the villa’s inhabitants, providing insight into Roman society and culture.

5. Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery is a cultural gem celebrated for its outstanding collection of modern British art. Housed within a beautifully restored Queen Anne townhouse, the gallery seamlessly blends historic architecture with contemporary exhibits, offering visitors a unique and immersive art experience.

The gallery’s collection spans the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring works by some of Britain’s most renowned artists, including Barbara Hepworth, Lucian Freud, and Ben Nicholson. From abstract expressionism to figurative painting, the diverse range of styles and movements represented in the collection showcases the richness and diversity of British art.

In addition to its permanent collection, Pallant House Gallery hosts a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, showcasing the work of emerging and established artists alike. From thought-provoking installations to curated retrospectives, these exhibitions provide fresh perspectives on the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary art.

6. Chichester Festival Theatre

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Chichester Festival Theatre is a beacon of artistic excellence, renowned for its world-class productions and stellar performances. Founded in 1962 by Sir Laurence Olivier, the theatre has established itself as one of the UK’s leading cultural institutions, attracting theatregoers from near and far.

Located within the picturesque setting of Oaklands Park, the theatre’s iconic circular architecture and open-air auditorium provide a unique and intimate setting for theatrical productions. The diverse program caters to a wide range of tastes and interests from classic Shakespearean dramas to contemporary works and musicals.

Each summer, the theatre hosts the prestigious Chichester Festival, showcasing a lineup of critically acclaimed productions featuring top-tier talent from the worlds of stage and screen. With its commitment to artistic excellence and innovative programming, Chichester Festival Theatre continues to captivate audiences and inspire generations of theatre lovers.

7. Chichester Harbour

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Chichester Harbour, a haven of natural beauty, is celebrated for its tranquil waters, picturesque landscapes, and abundant wildlife. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the harbour encompasses a diverse range of habitats, including salt marshes, mudflats, and sandy beaches, creating a rich tapestry of biodiversity.

Sailing enthusiasts flock to Chichester Harbour to take advantage of its sheltered waters and gentle breezes, making it the perfect destination for novice and seasoned seafarers. The harbour’s extensive network of navigable channels and secluded anchorages provide endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

For nature lovers, Chichester Harbour offers ample opportunities for wildlife spotting. A variety of bird species, seals, and other marine life call the area home. Whether kayaking through tranquil creeks, birdwatching along the salt marshes, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, Chichester Harbour captivates visitors with its serene beauty and natural charm.

8. The Novium Museum

The Novium Museum offers a captivating journey through the rich history and heritage of the city and its surrounding area. Housed within a striking contemporary building, the museum’s innovative exhibits and interactive displays bring Chichester’s past to life, engaging visitors of all ages.

From its Roman roots to its medieval heyday and beyond, The Novium Museum showcases a diverse array of artefacts, archaeological finds, and historical documents that illuminate the city’s evolution over time. Highlights include a remarkable collection of Roman pottery and coins, intricate medieval artefacts, and personal stories of local residents throughout the ages.

Interactive exhibits invite visitors to step into the shoes of Chichester’s past inhabitants, from Roman soldiers to Victorian shopkeepers, offering a hands-on exploration of daily life in centuries gone by.

9. West Dean Gardens

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West Dean Gardens is a horticultural paradise renowned for its stunning displays of flowers, ornamental gardens, and historic architecture. Spread across 90 acres within the picturesque grounds of West Dean College, the gardens offer visitors a feast for the senses in every season.

From the meticulously manicured lawns and vibrant flower beds to the tranquil water features and majestic tree-lined avenues, West Dean Gardens boasts a diverse array of landscapes to explore and enjoy. Highlights include the beautiful walled gardens, where rare and exotic plants thrive within the sheltered confines of ancient brick walls, and the serene arboretum, home to a magnificent collection of trees from around the world.

In addition to its botanical wonders, West Dean Gardens features a series of charming follies, statues, and architectural features that add to its unique character and charm.

10. Chichester Canal

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Chichester Canal offers visitors a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Originally constructed in the early 19th century to transport goods to and from the thriving port of Chichester, the canal now serves as a peaceful haven for boaters, walkers, and nature enthusiasts.

Stretching for nearly six miles from Chichester to the picturesque village of Hunston, the canal meanders through scenic landscapes, past lush green fields, and alongside dense woodlands. Visitors can explore the towpath on foot or by bike, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature along the way.

For those seeking a more leisurely experience, boat trips are available, offering a relaxing journey along the tranquil waters of the canal. Wildlife abounds along the canal banks, with a variety of bird species, fish, and other aquatic creatures calling the waterway home.

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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