Chichester is a beautiful and vibrant city in West Sussex, known for its attractive old streets, fabulous theatre and beautiful harbour area. It’s just 15 miles from Langstone Quays in Hayling Island to Chichester, and it’s definitely worth planning a day in the city during your stay by reading what to do in Chichester.
Here are a few suggestions of the best things to do in Chichester.
Explore the town
Chichester is just the right size to explore in a day, and the best way to discover its long history is on foot. West Sussex’s county town still has its original Roman street plan, consisting of four main streets surrounded by protective walls. You can still walk around some of the later, medieval city walls, and look out for the remains of the Norman castle in Priory Park. Take a guided tour of Chichester to find out more about this fascinating city.
Eat, Drink And Shop
The four main routes spread out from the Tudor Market Cross in the middle of town. This central point is the best place to start your exploration of Chichester’s shopping offer, which is a lively mix of independents and popular high street names. When your bags are full and your arms are aching, pause at one of the city’s many places to eat, from traditional taverns to vintage tearooms.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester is famous for its theatrical heritage, try to catch a production at the Chichester Festival Theatre during your stay. It attracts both West End transfers and exciting new works; and if you don’t get chance to attend a performance, pop into The Café for a coffee and soak up the theatre’s vibrant atmosphere.
Chichester Cathedral (or, the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity) dates back to the eleventh century. One of its unusual features is its campanile, a bell tower that is a separate building from the main church. Look out for its unique double aisles, rare medieval sculptures, and glass floor revealing a Roman mosaic. The nineteenth-century spire can be seen from the sea, and acts as a useful landmark for boats. It’s also a useful place for a breather, as it has a welcoming café.
Fishbourne Roman Palace
Heading slightly out of town, Fishbourne Roman Palace was once the lavish home of a high-status Romano-British family. It’s the largest known Roman home in the country, and once stood in elegant formal gardens (some of which have been reconstructed). Visitors can see the excavations, including the famous mosaics, and there’s a museum interpreting the site. The Sussex Archaeological Trust-managed palace is just ten minutes from Chichester, and has the always-welcome bonus of a café.
Stay out of town to take a stroll around Chichester Harbour. This large, natural harbour on the Solent has been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, amicably shared by wildlife and sailing craft. The area is popular among birdwatchers and walkers, and there are plenty of pretty little villages where you can pause for a break (for that, read pub stops). Langstone Quays itself is situated in an inlet in the AONB, and our Waterside restaurant overlooks Langstone Harbour.
Langstone Quays is in a great location if you’re visiting Goodwood, home to motor racing and horse racing as well as an aerodrome, two golf courses and the famous Goodwood Cricket Club. Visitors can book an experience day, attend one of Goodwood’s renowned events, or simply dine in one of its restaurants or cafés. It’s just a fifteen-minute drive from Chichester.
Discover the South Downs
The stunning South Downs National Park is on Chichester’s doorstep. The South Downs cover a rich and varied landscape, from the coast to ancient woodlands; and if you walk along some of the Park’s 3,300 km of rights of way, you might also take in some rolling hills and lush river valleys. Landscapes don’t get more English-looking than this. We’d recommend walking along a stretch of the beautiful South Downs Way, or visiting the Weald and Downland Living Museum, which has over 50 recreated historic buildings across its 40-acre site.
Langstone Quays is in an excellent location for visiting Chichester, West Sussex and Hampshire. If you want to know more about what to do in Chichester and the best things to do in Chichester, please drop us a line.