Chichester Travel Guide

  • Roman Chichester - Noviomagus Reginorum
    Roman Chichester - Noviomagus Reginorum
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    Chichester Cathedral
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Chichester Things to Do

  • Bishops Palace Gardens

    This delightful garden in the heart of Chichester, between South Street and the city walls is a great place to sit and enjoy views of the soaring spire of the cathedral whilst surrounded by beautiful and mature gardens. The gardens are full of little meandering paths amongst the beds and grassed areas, past fountains and plentiful benches to sit...

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  • Priory Park

    This attractive park in the north east corner of the old centre of Chichester (within the city walls) is home to the even more attractive Guildhall. The term "Guildhall" is actually something of a misnomer as it is actually the cancel of the old Greyfriars of Chichester (a Franciscan order) and so was a religious building rather than one connected...

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  • Roman City Walls Walk

    Chichester, or Noviomagus Reginorum as the Romans called it, was surrounded by city walls built in the 3rd century AD. Pretty much uniquely within Britain, the Roman core of the city walls remains intact, although much of what is visible at the surface is the result of 18th and 19th century restoration work. The walls were originally 7 metres tall...

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  • Chichester Market Cross

    The Chichester Market Cross stands at the intersection of the city centre's four principal streets (North, South, East and West Streets) and according to the inscription it was built by Bishop Edward Story of Chichester (1477 to 1503). The purpose was so that poor people would have a covered place to sell their goods in the city centre. The cross...

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  • St Richard at Chichester

    St Richard is the Patron saint of Sussex and was bishop of Chichester from 1245 to 1253. Born Richard of Wyche (modern day Droitwich in Worcestershire) he was an orphan child of a gentry family but the death of his parents and a medieval death duty left him and his elder brother impoverished so that Richard was put to work on a farm. Somehow...

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  • Chichester Cathedral

    The key point of interest for lovers of history and architecture when visiting Chichester will always be Chichester Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity). The cathedral is also one of only two medieval English cathedrals which can be seen from the sea (the other being nearby Portsmouth). The soaring spire and green...

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  • Small minded, arrogant, stuffy and...

    My advice to anyone considering visiting this place is to stay away. It is terrifyingly overpriced, a rip off, and its population are snooty, arrogant, stuffy, small minded and bigoted. If you don't like being treated like something they just trod in, or being ripped off, spend your money somewhere else. Don't go there and expect to make friends...

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  • Walk the canal.

    Until I visited, I wasn't even aware there was a canal in Chichester, but there is, albeit now disused. Built in the 19th century to allow boats of up to 100 tons to pass from Chichester harbour , it now makes for a very pleasant walk of about four miles.The first two miles have been restored by a local canal preservation society whose ultimate aim...

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  • The city

    It's a somewhat genteel, understated place. The cathedral is the main attraction, many people using Chichester as a base to explore the area.The four main streets run in a cross formation. As one would expect, they contain all the outlets one would expect from a town of its size. It retains the medieval footprint but much of the original is long...

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  • Chichester Cross

    The 15th century Chichester Cross is found at the intersection of the four main streets - North, South, East and West Streets - in the centre of the city, minutes from the grounds of the cathedral.An inscription suggests it was built by Edward Story, the bishop of Christchurch from 1477 to 1503, but there are question marks over this and it may be...

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  • Chichester Cathedral

    Chichester has been an important Christian centre since the 7th century when St Wilfrid first brought the doctrine to Sussex and Selsey.With the Norman policy of centring cathedrals to towns with large populations, the Roman town benefitted, with the building of the cathedral starting in 1076. It was completed by 1108 but much of it was destroyed...

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  • The RSPB's Pulborough Brooks Reserve

    If you're a member of the RSPB you can gain free access to this reserve otherwise non members are expected to pay £3.50 for adult entry, £2.50 concessionary and £1 for children.You can visit at least four bird hides which overlook open grassland and watery scrapes to attract a wide variety of wildfowl, waders and lowland species. I enjoyed my trip...

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Chichester Restaurants

  • Excellent French Chain

    Until we sat down I did not know that this was part of a chain of 80 restaurants (I counted the list!).Do not let this put you off as the surroundings and choice were inviting.The menu is extensive and typically French with service provided by mostly French staff. The service was prompt and the food took a reassuringly long time to appear.It was...

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  • All the food was good.

    This was an old theatre it has been made into an italian restaurant.The food was very good we all had a starter and main corse and all four of us enjoyed it very much. I really liked the cheese ravioli.

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  • No Jacket Required

    This is a wonderful example of that great British institution - the Caff. It's not a restaurant, bistro or even cafe - it's a good old-fashioned caff with decent home-cooked food served at reasonable cost in unpretentious surroundings. I loved it.The name is actually doubly appropriate as it stands opposite the train station, and is also part of...

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Chichester Nightlife

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    by Amo87 Updated Feb 23, 2012

    Unfortunately Chichester is not well known for a great nightlife. There is only one club, Thursdays, which is only open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday.

    On Tuesdays, which is student night, it costs around £4-5 to get in& plays a good mix of cheese, chart and other random stuff, and Saturdays £7 & plays house, dance and a bit of drum and bass and trance. I think Fridays are around £6-7 and the music is more R&B and chart. Drinks are mid-priced but really cheap on a Tuesday. You have to get a bus there for £1 and the bus back as it is literally in the middle of nowhere (or you could get a taxi)

    Inside it is a converted barn and has one dancefloor which gets really packed and hot. There are four bars including a shots bar, none of which you ever have to queue for long. A decent outside area normally has a stand selling burgers and stuff.

    The best pubs to go in Chichester include: The Vestry in South Street near Argos which has live music nights and attracts quite a young studenty crowd and hosts theme nights like Full Moon Party, Wetherspoons in West Street for those skint-end-of-the-month drinks, Wests in West Street if you want something quieter - its a beautiful converted church-good place for a date too as lots of cosy sofas. Some people go to Lloyds which is a ten to fifteen minute walk from the town centre, and features cheap drinks, loud tunes and short skirts. It stays open til 12 and has a dancefloor if you can't face/be bothered with Thursdays.

    On the other end of the scale, if you want a nice, spiffy place to hang out and have a drink or food, Trents in South Street (opposite Pizza Express) is the number one choice, but seems to have a personality disorder as it can't decide if it is a pub, posh restaurant or trendy bar, but usually everyone is kept happy. It can get pretty busy inside though at weekends with both drinkers and diners trying to squeeze in, so lots of people sit outside making use of the outdoor bar.
    Brighton and Portsmouth (Gunwharf) are better for nights out so go there for a really big night.

    Dress Code: Anything really, as I said its a converted barn so I don't think you will get chucked out for looking struffy. The pubs are all pretty casual, Trents probably generally more upmarket but again a real mix of people. You can wear anything and fit in.

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Chichester Transportation

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    by zadunajska8 Written Mar 24, 2013

    Trains to Chichester are run by Southern Railway and the station is only a short walk from the cathedral and other city centre sights. There are direct services to Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Arundel and London Victoria. First Great Western also run much less frequently trains to Bristol. The station at Chichester is well equipped with ticket offices and a coffee shop.

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Chichester Shopping

  • Old fashioned quality

    There are not many menswear shops descibed in VT sites but this is worth a mention.If you are 19 to 30, walk on by to Fat Face just 40 yards up the Road.This is an old-fashioned style shop, better described as an emporium with old fashioned staff, the emphasis being on old and reminds me of shopping with my father 50 years ago. I have no doubt that...

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  • shopping the in bell tower

    We always find little things to take home for gifts (or for ourselves) in Cathedral shops. The fact that Chichester sited their shop in the detached bell tower was rather nice. CDs of the choir, tea towels, sweets

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    by KittyLou Updated Jul 27, 2004

    We atended an afternoon concert by 3 young people who study at the Junior Academy of Music in London in this historic church. St John's Chapel is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

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Chichester Warnings and Dangers

  • by shecanata Written Mar 6, 2011

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    I myself did not notice the odd glances and whispers when I first arrived, it was my partner who is British, that expressed his concerns.
    I have never experienced racism to this level and yes they are also value money.
    I did not feel safe, owing to the fact how openly racist they were and gladly back in London after one evening and one day.

    If you are white British and have loads of money, you’re safe.
    If you are not, I would honestly avoid, the waiting staff spoke down to me, customers constantly stared and made rash comments, furthermore, some of the younger men treated me like I was cheap slut, I am not exacerbating. I did not feel safe; by the way some men looked at me.
    The more common town folk were lovely, out and about doing their own thing, but this was not outweighed by the majority of upper class twits and even some of the waiting staff at The SHIP HOTEL.
    Avoid, avoid.
    I lived in Bournemouth, which is down south and had few, but not any problems, this town reminded me something out of a movie, by the way the people behaved.
    I walked about confidently and felt no shame when I entered certain establishments, but I received many looks like I should not have been, I went to the PIZZA EXPRESS and I had one lady, older female with her whole family look up and down at me for a good 20 minutes, like I was a dog.
    The psychological effect was shocking, I think it was because I really did not believe places like this were around any more, how naive I was.

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Chichester Off The Beaten Path

  • West Wittering Beach

    If you fancy a trip to the beach on a nice day, West Wittering beach is the biggest and best beach in the area. From the A27 on the south side of Chichester take the A286 signed "THE WITTERINGS" and continue for about 5 miles. At the small roundabout in Birdham village, take the right fork following the brown tourist signs to "West Wittering...

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  • Arundel Castle

    Do not go on a Saturday!Can you believe a tourist attraction that does not open on a Sunday!We followed a long line of traffic into the town centre, paid for a few hours parking and were amazed how easy it was No wonder: however after posing outside the closed doors, my daughter was quite relieved that we were not going to drag her round!

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  • by Deanhomer Updated Sep 8, 2008

    Favorite thing: I came across this small reataraunt in Selsey 8 miles south of Chichester called The Tipsy Teapot.
    I would highly recommend that you make the 20 minute drive south to try it out.

    The decor is fantastic and the food is superb.

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