Chichester & The Local Area
The county town of West Sussex, Chichester is one of the oldest Roman cities in England. There are many reasons to visit, whatever your interests. Within the magnificent cathedral, you’ll find a Chagall window and remnants of a the original 4th c. AD mosaics from the time when a Roman temple stood on the same site.
For art lovers, the Pallant House Gallery is a must-see. The permanent collection of modern British art, has been donated over the past 30 years by numerous passionate art collectors. There is also an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
The Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the most finest regional theatres in the country, and productions often transfer to the West End from its celebrated stage.
A short drive to the west of Chichester will take you to Fishbourne and its Roman Palace. Here you will find the UK’s largest collection of mosaics in situ and a full programme of special events throughout the year. There is also a splendid half-hour walk from the Bull’s Head pub through fields and along the shore to the Crown and Anchor at Dell Quay – the perfect Chichester Harbour pub crawl!
Another jewel in the local crown is the natural harbour at Bosham (pronounced “Bozz’m”). This stunning village lies at the eastern end of Chichester’s natural harbour. It was here that King Canute tried to turn back the tide (he knew he would fail, but used it as an opportunity to show his men he was a mere mortal). The church is thought to be the oldest site of Christianity in Sussex; it is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry as it was from here that King Harold sailed on his ill-fated trip to Normandy in 1064.
To the north of Chichester is the Goodwood Estate. The house itself is a fine stately home, filled with superb art and open to the public. Most famously, though, Goodwood is known for the Festival of Speed, known as “the largest motoring garden party in the world.” In addition, there is the summer horse racing programme, Glorious Goodwood, and the Goodwood Revival, another weekend of motor racing, though this time using historic cars!