Chichester is a Roman cathedral city and the only city in West Sussex. Its historical evidence of Roman settlement can be found all over the city, including some Roman baths, a city wall (which was replaced by a Georgian wall), an amphitheatre which is now a park and the old Roman road State Street linking Chichester with London. It has a plethora of grade II listed buildings and other points of interest include the Chichester City Cross which is a type of butter market and sits in the centre of North, East, South and West streets. The City Cross was built in 1500 by Bishop Edward Storey as a shelter for people who sold their wares on market day.
The cathedral, built in the 11th century, is a must-see and a great place to wander down the cobbled floors and admire the architecture. You can also walk through the cathedral to get to the Bishops Palace Gardens, which are very quiet and a lovely spot to read or rest your legs.
Close by is the spectacular sandy West Wittering beach, which makes for a lovely peaceful walk and is ideal for sailors and beachgoers. East Head, just next to West Wittering, is a sand dune spit and is an ideal location to walk dogs.
By Car – There are many car parks in Chichester – we usually park at Northgate Car Park, near Chichester Festival Theatre, but other car parks include Cattle Market Car Park, New Park Car Park, Little London and Avenue De Chatres (amongst many others!).
By Train – Trains run approximately every 30 minutes from London Victoria, with the journey taking about 1 hour 32 minutes. The Chichester train station is a short 5 minute walk to the city centre.
Have a look at our favourite things to do and recommendations on where to eat in Chichester by viewing the links below.
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