Explore the City of Chichester
Steeped in history and culture, Chichester has far more to offer than just shops and cafes. As part of your holiday, take a day to explore its cobbled streets, modern art, Roman Baths and stunning architecture.
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, the City’s cathedral takes centre stage, with its 277ft spire visible from miles around. It’s also home to the internationally-recognised Pallant House Gallery and Festival Theatre – both drawing thousands of visitors and holiday makers to Chichester each year.
Dotted with beautiful parks, boutiques and restaurants, it’s a city you’ll need far more than a day to explore.
Feast your eyes on unique architecture spanning the centuries. For 900 years, Chichester Cathedral has welcomed worshippers, tourists and people of all faiths through its doors. The cathedral is truly stunning, from its original Norman features to the magnificent Victorian spire.
It’s especially famous for its art and medieval carvings. Once inside, enjoy the intricate stonework of the Chichester Sculptures. These are some of the most important sculptures in church craftsmanship, telling religious stories including that of the raising of Lazarus.
Learn much more about the Cathedral’s history with a free guided tour (available Mondays to Saturdays) and end your visit in the superb Cloisters Café.
Pallant House Gallery
“One of the most important galleries for British modern art in the country,” Adrian Tahourdin, Times Literary Supplement.
Located in the Pallants – the Georgian quarter of the city – this art gallery explores new perspectives on British art from 1900 to the current day. Discover one of the best second-hand art bookshops in the UK and enjoy a delicious sweet treat in The Pallant Café afterwards. It’s also worth heading there in the evening for a fine dining experience at its popular restaurant.
Bishop’s Palace Gardens
One of the City’s hidden treasures, Bishop’s Palace Gardens is easily missed if you don’t know where to look. Offering a tranquil and peaceful setting, the gardens are perfect for either a picnic or a stroll. Surrounded by Chichester’s famous City Walls, discover colourful flower beds, unusual plants and trees, water features and wildlife. These beautifully kept gardens are rarely busy and offer a sanctuary of calmness – right in the heart of the city.
The Novium Museum
Gain an in-depth insight into Chichester’s fascinating history and the surrounding area. Built over the remains of a huge Roman bath house (which can be viewed on the first floor), the museum spans three levels, offering wonderful views of the cathedral. Regardless of when you book your holiday to the Chichester area, you’re certain to discover exciting and inspiring exhibitions – all free of charge.
Fresh air suggests…
- Visit Draper’s Yard during your holiday in Chichester – a bustling hub of small retail independents. Here you’ll find locally-roasted coffee, handmade crafts, artisan bread and tasty treats.
- After a romantic evening? Head to Purchases Restaurant and Bar for delicious cuisine, wines and cocktails. Relax outside in its delightful courtyard-style garden during the warmer months.
- Take a walk along the City Walls for great views of all the city.
- If you want to take the planning legwork out of your holiday, join an organised tour with Chichester Tour Guides to walk you through the city’s history.