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Home sweet home – the ultimate guide for a winter weekend in Chichester

After almost a year in our new home, we thought it was about time we gave you the low down on the top things to do in Chichester!

It seems that most people visiting the UK opt to visit the bigger cities (London, Manchester, Cardiff etc.) but we want to show you there are so many reasons why you should explore the smaller parts of the country too.

Chichester is a small city based along the south coast of England. Only two hours from central London, Chichester is easily accessible by car, bus or train – making it a great day trip destination for those with limited time. As the 10th smallest city in the UK, it feels much more like a traditional town, with a lovely Cathedral, small boutique shops and the ocean is only a stones throw away. Surrounded by quaint little villages and beautiful countryside, there’s always something to do!

Whether you’re a Chichester local, regular visitor or here for a one off visit, we hope this guide will give you an insight into some of the fab things to do in the area.

West Sussex

Located within West Sussex, Chichester is situated amongst some pretty beautiful places and sights. Brighton, Southampton and the Isle of Wight are all accessible in the neighbouring counties, making it a great base to explore the south coast!

West Sussex is home to so many lovely places, from the rural countryside villages, to seaside towns that are packed full of people on a hot summers day!

South Downs national park

Chichester is located just south of the South Downs National Park, which offers endless rolling hills, countryside walks and quaint country pubs (we’ll list some of our favourites further down the post). Whilst the South Downs are less talked about than the likes of Snowdonia and the Lake district, its close proximity to London makes it great for a short weekend getaway.

The surrounding West Sussex county provides you with not only endless countryside activities but hosts beautiful coastline making it the perfect location for everyone!

Getting around

Chichester railway station provides great transport links to Southampton, Brighton and London and is great for those staying and exploring the city itself. However if you plan on visiting the wider area (including the South Downs, coastline etc.), we’d definitely recommend bringing / hiring a car as some areas are relatively remote!

Some of our favourite things to do are…

  • Exploring the city walls
  • Trip to the Witterings
  • Hike up Kingley Vale
  • Afternoon tea at Stansted House
  • Countryside pub lunch
  • Beer / gin tasting at Sit and Sip
  • Kayaking in Bosham harbour
  • Walks in the local area (check out our five top walks in and around Chichester here)
  • A visit to Goodwood – events, motor circuit, the house grounds…
  • Exploring the Sculpture Park

Check out our recommended itinerary for a three- day winter weekend in Chichester below

Day 1:

Arrive in Chichester and settle into your accommodation of choice. There’s plenty of Airbnb’s and hotels in and around the area!

Once you’re all settled, head off out to explore the city walls! Chichester is full of history so make sure to check out the Cathedral and the local museums to get fully immersed in the city. Whilst exploring the town, there are plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat or a coffee, including a wide range of chains and independent stores.

In the evening, head out to one of Chichester’s dining options. Many of the best eateries are located in the villages around Chichester, including Bosham, Dell Quay and Lavant.

Day 2:

Weekends in the city centre are pretty busy, so we’d recommend going slightly outside the main hub and doing one of the beautiful walks in the South Downs National Park (weather permitting). A hike up Kingley Vale is one of our favourites!

We’d then suggest heading to Stansted Park and the Pavilion Tea Rooms to enjoy a traditional English lunch of sandwiches, soups and lots of tea!!! The grounds are beautiful, so make sure to explore them, not forgetting a visit to the farm shop!

Early evening is the best time to head back into central Chichester. We love going to Sit and Sip, a small beer and gin tasting bar on North Street. This is the perfect place to start your Saturday evening antics! Then we’d suggest picking another local eatery for your dinner, there are some lovely bars and restaurants right in the centre of Chichester so make sure to check them out!

Day 3:

Sunday mornings are the perfect time to head to the beach, especially on a crisp winters morning when the beach will be filled with families and dog walkers enjoying the fresh sea air! Dogs are allowed on the Witterings beaches from Oct – Mar so a great time to visit if you want to bring your dog along!

All that beach walking will definitely work up an appetite so book into a quay-side pub for Sunday Lunch! Us Brits love a Sunday lunch and it’s definitely much more enjoyable when you have a lovely view over the harbour. We’d recommend heading to the Anchor Bleu at Bosham or the Crown and Anchor at Dell Quay as these are two of the best located pubs in the area!

What a way to finish a lovely weekend in Chichester, lots of fresh air, good food and beautiful British countryside!

We’re loving exploring Chichester and these are just a few of our favourite things to do! We hope you’ll come visit at some point and if you do, make sure to let us know your favourite things that you got up to!

Love Char & Mar xxx

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