Chichester is a small but perfectly formed city in the south of England. Although it’s not as well known as the sprawling metropolis of London or the picturesque town of Bath, Chichester shouldn’t be overlooked as a destination for a UK mini-break. Here are just a few reasons why this West Sussex city is well worth a visit.
Chichester was founded by the Romans and the city center has retained the original walls and cross streets. Norman, Gothic and Georgian architecture can also be spotted throughout the city, lending Chichester a charming old-world feel.
No visit to Chichester would be complete without taking a tour of Arundel Castle, which is one of the largest in England. It’s almost 1,000 years old and is extrlolemely well-preserved. The impressive gardens make for a lovely walk, particularly during the spring.
Chichester Cathedral is another historic must-visit attraction. It’s over 900 years old and home to rare pieces of art dating from the present day all the way back to medieval times.
The award-winning West Wittering beach is located just outside of the city. It’s a clean and calm spot perfect for a family picnic, long walk, or even a spot of kite surfing for the more adventurous among us.
Enjoy a scenic walk through Kingley Vale,which is home to ancient, twisted yew trees and offers a clear view of the cathedral. It’s home to a plethora of wildlife which makes it a real treat for birdwatchers.
Bishop’s Palace Gardens and Priory Park are lovely areas to explore, or you could enjoy a scenic stroll along the Chichester canal.
Like any British town worth its salt, Chichester boasts some fantastic pubs, such as the the Hole in the Wall, where the whole family is welcome – even the dog. Enjoying a delicious meal and a pint is a total must in order to refuel after a day of exploring.
There’s plenty to do in terms of culture in Chichester. Although it’s a relatively small city, it’s home to a handful of impressive museums, art galleries, and even a planetarium. Those interested in the military history should pay a visit to Tangmere Military and Aviation Museum, while fans of the Roman era should explore the Novium, a museum for bathhouse remains. The Pallant House Gallery, eanwhile, contains an impressive and varied collection of paintings and sculptures by many notable artists.
Chichester is a fantastic place to explore by bicycle. The city is cyclist-friendly and boasts scenic views around every corner. Cycling around the harbor is especially good fun on a sunny day.
Chichester is a market town with plenty of options to explore. The farmer’s market takes place every first and third Friday of the month and places a great emphasis on locally grown produce. The weekly Wednesday market is popular amongst local citizens and is home to over 50 stalls. The Draper’s Yard market, meanwhile, is open 10am-4pm every day except Sunday and sells artisan goods, including coffee,textiles and jewelry.