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Chichester Area Guide

Chichester is a compact and attractive city that quite literally has everything you could possibly need on the doorstep, from fine dining and relaxed cafes to independent boutiques and household-name stores.

It's the ideal place for commuters and families to live.

Chichester fact file

  • The cathedral city of Chichester has a long history as a Roman settlement.
  • The original city walls are over two metres thick, later replaced by a Georgian wall.
  • The city is best known for its fabulous 12th-century cathedral.
  • Other historical sites include the Butter Market, built in 1808, and the ornate Chichester Cross, dating back to 1501.
  • The city is in the county town of West Sussex, located 75 miles south-west of London on the A27 coast road.
  • The popular Canal Basin area has stunning apartments with views of the water.

Green space

Chichester is well placed for enjoying the beautiful countryside of the South Downs National Park and the Chichester Harbour AONB. For beaches, West Wittering is a popular area for swimming. For those who prefer to take to the water, there are several sailing villages including Itchenor and Bosham, along with Chichester Harbour. Within the city, Priory Park and the Litten Gardens offer green spaces for dog walking.

Architecture and property

There is a diverse mix of property in Chichester, ranging from grand period properties around the North, East, South and West Pallant within the city’s ancient walls, to modern properties including contemporary houses and apartments on new developments. The city centre housing is deceptively quiet and close to the best shops and restaurants. The Summersdale area, about a mile north of the centre, is also a popular area with handsome double-fronted Victorian houses. The popular Canal Basin area has stunning apartments with views of the water.

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Explore Chichester at a glance!

After a night at the theatre – or the Cineworld Cinema – there is a fantastic choice of restaurants, bars and pubs to choose from.

Chichester shopping is excellent, including a wealth of independent boutiques and food shops.

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There are lots of spots to wet your whistle in Chichester.

  • Duke and Rye
    Public House

There is a host of cultural and leisure pursuits in Chichester.

  • Festival Theatre
    Cultural Hub

For a small city, Chichester has a surprising number of educational establishments, including three secondary schools, a wide choice of primary schools and a good choice of nurseries for younger children.

  • Chichester High School
    New Mixed School
  • Universty of Chichester
    Undergraduate to PHD level
  • Train station
    links to London
  • Bus station
    0.6 miles from centre
  • Airport
    46.2 miles from centre
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