Top things to do in Chichester
There’s something to suit everyone in Chichester. Whether you’re looking for an exciting evening out or a country walk, Chichester has you covered.
Culture & Arts:
- Goodwood - https://www.goodwood.com
Probably one of the more infamous spots Chichester has on offer is Goodwood. The entire Goodwood estate has loads on offer including the famous Festival of Speed, a stunning golf course and afternoon tea. There’s even a hotel! Goodwood is a glorious place to relax and is the very essence of Britishness.
- Chichester Festival Theatre - https://www.cft.org.uk/
With their excellent deals and offers for 16-25 year olds, Chichester Festival Theatre is the perfect place for students. Their Prologue scheme offers young people the chance to get tickets for £5 as well as 10% off in the restaurants and cafes. The Festival Theatre often showcases musicals which eventually make it to the West End so it’s a great place to catch a show before it gets huge. As well as an amazing selection of musicals and plays they also do pre-show talks, theatre tours and cocktail making classes. A seemingly classy but cheap night out – and something very different!
- The Novium Museum - http://www.thenovium.org/
Chichester is surrounded by history and the Novium Museum is there to celebrate all thing historical in the city. Build over a Roman bathhouse the museum tells the interesting story of Chichester’s heritage. Every year the museum has exciting collections, displays and exhibitions for the whole city to see. They also do craft sessions, guided walks and archaeological digs.
Outdoor & Sports:
- West Wittering Beach - http://westwitteringestate.co.uk/
Just minutes down the road from Chichester is this hidden gem. With beautiful views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs, West Wittering Beach is a stunning place to visit. The Beach Café is on hand for snacks throughout the day and the sandy beaches make it a cut above other beaches on the South coast.
- Marwell Zoo - https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/
A little bit down the road from Chichester is this fabulous zoo. It’s a great day out for the family but for students too (I’ve been, it’s great fun!). They even do student tickets so £16 for a day out at the zoo isn’t bad at all. The zoo itself is home to a range of endangered and exotic animals in a beautiful landscaped park. The park is home to white rhinos, cheetahs, flamingos, penguins and snow leopards – to name but a few!
- Chichester Watersports - https://www.chichesterwatersports.co.uk/
Located on the outskirts of Chichester, Chichester Water Sports is the main centre for all things water based. No membership is required, you can just turn up and have fun! They run activities such as waterskiing, stand up paddleboarding and the inflatable aqua park. They also offer kayak hires as well as wetsuit hires too. It’s a different way to spend your day and with a big group of friends or even by yourself it’s a great day out.
- Chichester City Walls Walk
The Roman walls and gates were built over 1800 years ago and more than 80% of the structure is still intact today. The walls themselves encompass the main city which now houses all of Chichester’s shops and restaurants. The Chichester City Walls Walk is a great way to soak up Chichester’s rich history and an excellent way to see everything the city has to offer.
- South Downs Way
Considering Chichester is so close to the South Downs it would be rude not to go and explore them, especially as plenty of walks are ready to go. The walks along the South Downs are a great way to escape the city and only takes a few minutes to get out of Chichester and see the countryside. While the entire route is 160km you don’t have to do all of it! Dip in and out and explore what’s there. It’s a great way to spend a free evening or even a weekend walk with a picnic.
- Chichester Tour Guides - https://www.chtg.co.uk/
Guided tours around Chichester are a great way to not only see the city but to learn about all the little details and secrets not known to everyone. Not only will you learn about Chichester’s rich history including the Georgian architecture and the Cathedral which dates back to the 11th century but you’ll also learn about its exciting cultural centre too. There’s a wide range of tours on offer through Roman Archaeology, Georgian History and modern and ancient art as well.
Food & Drink
Considering Chichester is not the biggest city around they’ve certainly packed a lot of restaurants in and there’s plenty of choice too. There are your classic favourites like Pizza Express, Wagamama’s and Nando’s but between the chain restaurants there are some hidden Chichester gems. Up in the Goodwood estate lies their gorgeous restaurant Farmer, Butcher, Chef. The restaurant prides itself on using food farmed in the local Goodwood estate and it’s one of the only self-sustaining organic farms in Europe so certainly worth a try! A little bit closer to the city is the newly re-opened Woodies which offers a bottomless brunch as well as a sleek cocktail bar and a lunch menu with two courses for £9.95, how can you go wrong?
If you’re out shopping in town and don’t fancy anything too heavy to eat then trying out one of Chichester’s adorable cafes is certainly the right choice for you. The Exclusive Cake Shop and Vintage Tea Rooms is hidden away in the heart of the city but is filled with glorious treats, cream teas and light lunches. Perfect for a sneaky snack! The Cloisters Café in the Cathedral is also a fabulous spot for lunch or tea and cake. Spend the afternoon mooching around the Cathedral itself then when you’re hungry, dip into the café and have a treat!
This is it. The bit we’ve all been waiting for, pubs! In the basement down a side street in Chichester is La Havana, a bar and music venue. They have open mic nights as well as a jazz club and a bar alongside it. It’s a different way to spend the evening and a great way to see what talents are out there in Chichester. Of course, like every good city should, there’s a Wetherspoons. The Dolphin and Anchor is located opposite the cathedral and is always filled with locals and students enjoying a good old Spoons deal.
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