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There are a wide range of activities in the Chichester area for the discerning visitor including: archaeology, sport, boating and walking.


Pallant House Gallery – One of the best collections of modern British art.
Fishbourne Roman Palace - Remains of the largest known Roman domestic residence in Britain.
Chichester Cathederal - Treasures ranging from medieval stone carvings to world famous 20th Century artworks.
Goodwood House - Home to the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum - Home to over 45 original buildings which have been rescued from destruction & rebuilt.
Goodwood Racecourse – The home of “Glorious Goodwood” race meetingChichester Ship Canal - Relaxing and interesting canal boat trips.


Road – The A27 (South Coast Trunk Road) bypasses the town to the south. The A286 goes north to Midhurst and beyond to Guildford in Surrey. The A259 connects with the A27 to the east of the town before branching off, on the western side, to Havant in Hampshire.

Rail – Chichester Railway Station lies on the West Coastway Line with services to London, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Brief History

In 43 AD the Romans invaded Britain and they built a fort on the site of Chichester. It was close to a natural harbour so supplies could be brought by ship. Public baths and an amphitheatre were built along with commercial properties and domestic dwellings so a town quickly grew. When the Romans left Britain the town fell into decay until the Saxons under Alfred the Great built a stronghold to withstand the Danish attacks. More building went on around the stronghold and the town again began to grow. In the 10th century there was a mint so this must have been an important settlement. From the Middle Ages Chichester continued to grow, as it still is today. Many new industries developed and grew such as brewing, clay pipe making, saddlers, tailors, coopers and gunsmiths. In 1846 the railway came to the town and from 1875 had a piped water supply.

Famous People

Michael Elphick – Actor (EastEnders, Boon and Quadrophenia); born and buried in the town.
Michael Wilding – Actor, married at one time to Elizabeth Taylor; lived and died in the town.
Peter Balwin – Actor, Played Derek Wilton in Coronation St; born in the town.

Approximate Population

The population of Chichester at the 2001 census was 23,731

Nearest Tourist Information Centre

29a South Street, Chichester, East Sussex PO19 1AH
Tel: +44 (0)1243 775 888

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