Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, the cathedral city of Chichester and its surrounding area boasts beautiful countryside, sandy beaches, fishing villages, an impressive 2000-year heritage, and family attractions.

Cultural explorers won’t be disappointed, with highlights including the renowned Chichester Festival Theatre, the outstanding British Modern Art collection at Pallant House Gallery, and The Novium museum built over the ruins of a Roman bathhouse.

For fresh air and space to breathe, cycle to the sea on the Salterns Way, walk in the deer park of Petworth House, or stroll in acres of beautiful countryside at CASS Sculpture Foundation.

Close to the city of Chichester is the Goodwood Estate, with world famous annual motor sport events, and one of the most picturesque racecourses in the country, and don’t miss Midhurst, the home of the South Downs National Park.

Local guides

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Why not visit

Pallant House Gallery – exceptional British modern art in an original Queen Anne town-house and a contemporary new wing.

Petworth House and Park – visit this stately mansion housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum – discover rescued rural buildings in a beautiful landscape.

West Dean Gardens – visit one of the greatest restored gardens open to visitors.

For more information, see Visit Chichester.

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