City guide: What to do in Chichester

June 12, 2023

Chichester, located in West Sussex, England, is a historic city with a rich cultural heritage and plenty of attractions to explore. Here is a city guide on what to do in Chichester:  
Chichester Cathedral viewed from the Bishops Palace Gardens
 
  1. Chichester Cathedral: Begin your visit at Chichester Cathedral, a magnificent structure that dates back to the 12th century. Admire the stunning architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and the beautiful Cloisters. Don't miss the opportunity to climb the tower for panoramic views of the city.
  1. Chichester Festival Theatre: Catch a show at the renowned Chichester Festival Theatre, one of the UK's leading regional theaters. Enjoy a diverse range of performances, including plays, musicals, and operas, featuring both established and emerging talent.
  1. Pallant House Gallery: Explore the Pallant House Gallery, home to an impressive collection of modern British art. Discover works by artists such as Henry Moore, Peter Blake, and David Hockney. The gallery also hosts temporary exhibitions and educational events.
  1. Chichester City Walls: Take a walk along the ancient Chichester City Walls, which date back to Roman times. Stroll along the well-preserved sections and enjoy views of the city's historic buildings and charming gardens.
  1. Fishbourne Roman Palace: Visit the Fishbourne Roman Palace, just outside of Chichester, to experience the remains of an extensive Roman villa. Explore the mosaics, learn about Roman life, and discover artifacts from the site at the museum.
  1. Chichester Harbour: Take a boat trip or enjoy a leisurely walk around Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Marvel at the scenic landscapes, spot wildlife, and enjoy water activities such as sailing, kayaking, or paddleboarding.
  1. South Downs National Park: Explore the beautiful South Downs National Park, which surrounds Chichester. Embark on scenic walks or bike rides, and enjoy the rolling hills, picturesque villages, and stunning countryside views.
  1. Chichester Market: Experience the bustling atmosphere of Chichester Market, held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the city center. Browse a wide range of stalls selling fresh produce, local crafts, clothing, and more. Don't forget to sample some of the delicious street food on offer.
  When staying in Chichester, Pass the Keys offers professionally managed vacation rentals, ensuring a comfortable and convenient base for exploring the city and its surrounding attractions.  
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