ChichesterChichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, on England's South East coast.
Chichester is famous for the annual Chichester Festivities and the Chichester Real Ale and Jazz Festival.
The A27 runs east from Chichester, past Arundel, to Worthing and Eastbourne; and goes the other way west to Portsmouth, where it joins the M27 and goes on to Southampton and the New Forest. The A286 heads north, eventually reaching Guildford.
is just south of the City Centre. It is served by Southern services from London Victoria, Gatwick Airport, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton; and First Great Western services from Bristol and the West Country.
By busChichester is served by the daily 315 National Express south coast service from Cornwall to Eastbourne and by the 206 route from Poole to Gatwick Airport via Southampton and Portsmouth (nine times a day and some overnight services).
The Stagecoach South Coastliner 700 service provides frequent direct services to Chichester from Portsmouth, Havant, Emsworth, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Stagecoach also provide frequent services to Chichester from Midhurst, Selsey, and Bracklesham Bay. Emsworth District Coaches provide up to four services a day on their service from Petersfield while Compass provide infrequent services from Arundel and Petworth.
The centre of Chichester is small, and can easily be covered on foot. As with most other towns in England, the town is well served by buses and taxis.
By busThere is a bus station situated next to the railway station, south of the city centre. It is a hub for main south coast and local services. Many services also stop outside the cathedral in West Street, as do a large number in Market Road at the end of East Street.
By taxiMost taxis in Chichester are private hire vehicles. There are a number of locally based companies to Chichester:
phone: +44 1243 884 884based at the railway station taxi ranks and operate wheelchair accessible hackney carriages.
phone: +44 1243 531 666private hire firm who also operate some luxury and disabled access vehicles
Central Carsphone: +44 1243 789 432minicab hire firm based at across the north car park Chichester Railway station.
Dunnaways Taxi'sphone: +44 1243 782403family-run business for five generations since the 1800s.
phone: +44 1243 782595address: The Royal Chantry, Cathedral Cloisters, PO19 1PXBuilt in 1075, it is the only medieval cathedral to have a separate bell tower, and the only cathedral in England visible from the sea. Try to visit during evensong.
Chichester Market Crossdirectly at the meeting of the four main city centre routes, this stone built market cross is easy to find
phone: +44 1243 774557address: 9 North Pallant, PO19 1TJOne of the best and most varied collections of art displayed in an attractive combination of Georgian house and 2000s annex.
Chichester CanalYou can walk or cycle the canal's towpath all the way to Chichester Harbour. Rowboats can be hired at the Chichester Basin although dropped bridges mean only a limited section of the canal is navigable. Public and private canal boat trips are also available.
address: Tower Street, PO19 1QHChichester's new heritage museum opened in 2012, to replace the previous smaller Little London museum; built above a Roman bathouse
phone: +1243 790 0990address: Tangmere Rd, Tangmere, PO20 2ESA military aviation museum on the site of the former airfield, with many notable military and speed record aircraft.
address: Oaklands Park, PO19 6APThe Chichester Festival Theatre with its distinctive octogon shape and protruding stage is known for originating shows and productions that go on to transfer for West End runs. The Minerva Theatre is situated alongside. As well as opera, plays and music the theatre organises participation and youth activities.
address: Terminus Road, ChichesterThe park contains a cinema, bowling complex, gymnasium, various chain restaurants, bar, Premier Inn hotel and a car park that can sometimes be quite full
phone: +44 1243 786650address: New Park Road, PO19 7XYSmall community cinema showing innovative and specialist programme
Chichester War Memorialaddress: Litten Gardens, St Pancras Road, PO19 8EY1921 War Memorial moved to its current location in Litten Gardens in 1940.
phone: +44 1243 774400Charity-run planetarium open for specific shows on specific days.
- Walk the old city walls
- Take part in the annual Chichester Festivities
Chichester Heritage Trails4 heritage trails around each of the four quadrants of the city.
phone: +44 1243 755060address: Claypit Lane, PO18 0PHMotor Circuit with variety of motor participation activities and the annual Goodwood Revival Festival
phone: +44 1243 788886address: Station Approach, PO19 8DNAmerican diner.
phone: +44 1243 755132address: Kennel Hill, Goodwood, PO18 0PN
phone: +44 1243 790280address: West St, PO19 1QDWetherspoons pub near the cathedral.
phone: +44 1243 786719address: 28 The Hornet, PO19 7JGGood all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant. Friendly atmosphere and cheap prices.
phone: +44 1243 785823address: 3 St Pancras, PO19 7SJ
Post Officeaddress: 9 North St, Chichester PO19 1LB
phone: +44 1243 777351address: Tower St, PO19 1QJComputers that may be reserved by adult non-members subject to an acceptable use policy. Wi-Fi is also available.
- Arundel Picturesque town with impressive castle; 40 min by frequent train, change at Barnham
- Emsworth little fishing town has some great restaurants, pubs and an excellent food festival in early September.
- Selsey popular coastal destination
- Bognor Regis Traditional seaside resort, popular with families
- Bracklesham Bay popular coastal destination notable for surfing and kitesurfing
A little further afield, but worth the trip:
- Brighton an hour by frequent train, the Royal Pavilion is a knock-out
- Portsmouth 40 min by frequent train, see the Historic Dockyard