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Chichester Visitor information

The busy yachting harbour of Chichester is situated between the South Downs and the sea. With over 2000 years of history this cathedral city is located between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The city is ideal to relax and unwind or visit one of a variety of historic houses or museums on offer. Such as the Pallant House, where you will find the great collection of the priest and art collector Water Hussey. The collection has pieces by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and John Piper, and has since been augmented with paintings by Fernand Léger, Paul Cézanne, André Derain, Lucian Freud, Walter Sickert and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Another great escape is at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, the outdoor museum has more than 50 historic buildings such as timber-framed cottages, a market hall, barns, granaries, farmhouses, sheds, stables, a watermill and a school from the 19th-century. 

The city is also very renowned for its theatre festival, the Chichester Festival lasts from April to September each year, staging home-produced plays (both classic and contemporary), musicals and more.

Travel 

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.

Regular services operate from London Victoria Coach Station. The Coastliner route links Chichester as far as Brighton or Southsea, with local bus services in and around the City. 

Frequent train services operate from London Victoria to Chichester, taking approximately 1 hour 32 minutes. Services also run from Gatwick Airport, Brighton and Portsmouth. 

Chichester remains well connected and you can travel to a few cities nearby :

  • 1 hour and half from London
  • 1 hour from Guildford
  • 1 hour and half from Portsmouth
  • Under 1 hour from Winchester
  • 1 hour from Brighton

Travelling to Chichester from abroad- the three closest main airports are Gatwick, Southampton and Heathrow, you can see the distance for them below : 

  • Gatwick International Airport is 38 miles from Chichester
  • Heathrow International Airport is 57 miles from Chichester
  • Southampton International Airport is 35 miles from Chichester

History of Chichester

Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, in South-East England.

Chichester has a story that begins in Roman times, Sussex was invaded by the Romans in AD 43 under the command of Titus Flavius Vespasianus, who later became the Emperor Vespasian. 

The city centre retains today the cross streets laid out by the Romans, and over three quarter of the original Roman defensive walls. But also remarkably, the Fishbourne Roman palace remains as the largest Roman residence unearthed in Britain. 

Following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was deemed by the Council of London that cathedrals located in remote places should be moved to populous areas, therefore in 1076 the Chichester Cathedral construction began. The cathedral is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and contains a medieval tomb of a knight and his wife, the inspiration of the poem "An Arundel Tomb", by Philip Larkin.

In addition to the cathedral there is the ruins of the Boxgrove Priory, ruined priory is located in the village of Boxgrove and was founded in the 12th century for three benedictine monks. The Priory was dissolved in 1536. At the time of the dissolution there were eight priests and one novice, as well as twenty-eight servants and eight children living in the priory. After the dissolution, the Priory church became the parish church and the church is still in use as the Church of St Mary and St Blaise.

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