With its charming architecture, beautiful scenery and bustling markets, the city of Chichester in West Sussex just about epitomises everything England is famous for. A visit to Chichester is a chance to soak up quintessentially British culture and explore the picturesque surrounding district. Here’s a list of the best things to do during a visit to Chichester.
1) Marvel at Chichester Cathedral
Chichester cathedral is an absolute must-see. With its Norman architecture and imposing Victorian spire, the cathedral cuts quite the striking figure. Inside, there is a huge range of art dating from 20th-century pieces right back to medieval carvings. In fact, it’s home to two rather rare medieval statues and stained glass by modernist artist Marc Chagall. The cathedral is over 900 years old, so the building really is steeped in history. Be sure not miss out on the free guided tour at 11.15am or 2.30pm every day of the week except Sunday.
2) Go to the beach
Chichester boasts a picturesque coastline, perfect for whiling away a sunny summer’s day. In fact, West Wittering beach would make for a rather lovely winter walk, too. During much of the year, you can go wind and kite surfing here. The beach is dog-friendly and is perfect for a wonderful family day out.
3) Visit the farmer’s market
There’s something irresistibly charming about visiting a good old fashioned farmer’s market in a historic English town. Chichester boasts a fantastic farmer’s market which runs every other Friday. There’s a strong emphasis on local ingredients, all stallholders live locally and the produce must be hand-crafted. It’s about as authentic as you get, and there are some wonderful treats on offer.
4) Enjoy a pub meal
England is famed for its pub culture and there are few things more enjoyable than spending an afternoon in a classic British pub. There are some really wonderful pubs near Chichester which are perfect for a well-deserved pint and hearty meal after an afternoon of exploring.
5) Unleash your inner art critic at Pallant House Gallery
Noted for its impressive collection of 20th-century artwork, creative types should not miss Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery. Housed in a lovely Grade I listed townhouse, the gallery was founded in 1977 after priest Walter Hussey bequeathed his extensive art collection to the city of Chichester in his will. The gallery is home to works by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Lucian Freud – the grandson of Sigmund Freud himself.
6) Weald and Downland Living Museum
Step back in time at the Weald and Download Living Museum, located in South Downs National Park. Through exhibits, historic homes, crafts, and live performances, the museum tells the stories of people who worked in these buildings across the ages. The forty-acre site is a great place to get lost in nature and relax with a picnic or a long walk. There’s fun for all the family here and best of all, it’s dog-friendly.