Local Area

About Chichester and the surrounding area

Great shopping, an internationally renowned modern art gallery, a magnificent Cathedral, as well as a fascinating museum and Roman ruins in abundance: Chichester has many charms on your doorstep.

West Wittering Beach

West Wittering Beach

The stunning West Wittering Beach is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a proud holder of a coveted Blue Flag Award for cleanliness.

It is justifiably popular with families, sailors, and watersport aficionados, and offers unparalleled views of the sea and nearby Isle of Wight.

Why not take a fully equipped beach hut for the day or charter a boat to discover the best coastlines that the South has to offer?

Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery is one of Britain’s most distinctive modern art museums. It tells the story of British art from 1900 to now through original exhibitions and a world-class collection.

In its 20 galleries, housed in an historic Queen Anne townhouse with a striking contemporary extension, you can see the work of Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Eduardo Paolozzi and many more greats from the history of modern art.

Make a day of it by visiting the restaurant, lingering in the courtyard garden and browsing the art bookshop, which are all free to enter, as are the ground floor exhibitions and displays.

Pallant House Gallery
Bosham Harbour

Bosham Harbour

Widely renowned as one of the most photogenic locations on the South Coast, Bosham is also a village of historical significance, thanks to its reputed links with King Canute, who is said to have commanded the waves to retreat there.

A hive of activity in warmer months, the village is a sailing hub, providing mooring for countless boats and yachts. Bosham Quay is perfect for people-watching, and an ideal point from which to admire the views across the harbour in all seasons.

Walk along the shoreline in either direction for views of the village. Keen photographers are recommended to experience stunning sunsets above the coast.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Your creative retreat awaits. West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an internationally recognised art college with a strong craft ethos offering over 800 short courses, from beginner to advanced level and ranging from a day, a weekend or an entire week.

Your opportunity to develop new skills in beautiful surroundings.

Many of our short courses are inspired by the season, and all are taught by expert tutors. You’ll typically take home ideas, techniques, new inspiration and your finished work to treasure.

West Dean College of Art
Chichester Cathedral and Gardens

Chichester Cathedral

Both ancient and modern, the magnificent 900 year old Chichester Cathedral has treasures from every age, from medieval stone carvings to world famous contemporary artworks. You can visit every day and all year with free entry.

The Cathedral is a living church whose spire dominates the horizon for miles around.

This magnificent Cathedral is Mother Church to the parishes of Sussex and welcomes visitors of any faith and those with none. With history, heritage, art and music – and the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens to explore – it’s a must-see for visitors of all ages.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester’s theatre is world-famous, both for jaw-dropping runs of well-known plays as well as acting as a nursery for innovative new productions, destined for West End and Broadway acclaim. The newly refurbished theatre is only a 5 minute walk from your door.

Goodwood Estate

Goodwood Racecourse & Estate

The delightful Goodwood Estate is located a short 10 minute drive away and is home to the world famous Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival motorsport events as well as world-class horse racing at the Glorious Goodwood festival as well as throughout the year.

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