Located in one of the sunniest spots in the South, adjacent to the South Downs National Park and just a few miles from the coast, Chichester and its surrounding areas boast some of the most beautiful scenery in Sussex and offer a variety of opportunities to be immersed in nature and to spot wildlife – from woodland walks to expansive views from elevated viewpoints.

Take a moment in the tranquillity of the green spaces within the historic city centre: the beautiful hidden gem that is the Bishops Palace Gardens, historic Priory Park which is home to the remains of a Norman motte, and from where you can explore the city walls, and the wildlife haven of the Chichester Canal. A little further afield lies one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today; West Dean Gardens is garden lover’s paradise where you can explore the impressive Victorian glasshouses and seasonal planting, as well as historic features and even the odd surreal tree. You can even sign up to a garden-themed short course here to hone your green-fingered skills. Its neighbour, the Weald & Downland Living Museum offers a glimpse into rural history with its collection of rescued and restored rural buildings, including recreated, working gardens reflecting the period and social status of homes from the 16th to the 19th Century.

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Another of Chichester’s hidden treasures are Bishops Palace Gardens, located next to Chichester cathedral. These tranquil and beautifully kept gardens are home to a host of beautiful plants, unusual trees and shrubs, water features, a pergola walk and wildlife friendly…

Chichester Ship Canal – Chichester’s secret waterway, where you can enjoy boat trips, watersports or walks to the coast or into the countryside.

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It is 1800 years since the walls and gates were first built around the Roman town of Noviomagus Reginorum. Today they are the most intact circuit of Roman town defences in Southern England. More than 80% of the original structure…

Chichester Harbour: Chichester’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Chichester Harbour on the South Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a world renowned destination for sailing and home to rare wildlife and coastal habitats

Chichester Harbour Water Tours

Chichester Harbour Water Tours are located in Chichester, local to the Witterings and the South Downs National Park.

An image of two Alpacas at Dunreyth Alpacas

In an idyllic setting with the South Downs National Park, Dunreyth Alpacas offer Alpaca Walking Experiences second to none. Bruce & Peta gave up their profession as Nurses to run their herd of alpacas on their own land in Adsdean…

FAB Falconry is closed for Winter. No events being conducted at this time. Many thanks for your understanding. FAB Falconry create the opportunities to meet their highly trained team of Birds of Prey and Owls on a one to one…

Imber Court Photo Training Students

Imber Court Photo Training offers courses close to Chichester and the Witterings and is suitable for novices through to professionals

An image showing a view of Chichester Harbour from Itchenor, West Sussex

Cycle from Chichester city centre to the Harbourside villages of Bosham and Itchenor on this 14m/23km route.   The route is suitable for all abilities and types of bicycle, and begins at the city’s Market Cross.   Cycle the shore…

A photograph showing a far reaching view from the top of Kingley Vale nature reserve , West Sussex

The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Main habitats: Yew woodland and lowland chalk grassland County: West Sussex Why visit:…

Priory Park: Chichester’s Community Hub

Looking for down time with a spot of sightseeing? Priory park is the place to go. In the North-East quadrant of the City Centre, Priory Park is home to three scheduled monuments; the Roman city walls, The Guildhall – a…

Salterns Way

The Salterns Way footpath and cycle path is a 19 kilometre long cycle path which runs from the centre of Chichester to the lovely sandy beach at West Wittering. For much of its route, Salterns Way runs along safe and…

Solar Heritage Chichester Harbour

Welcome aboard the Solar Heritage, our solar powered catamaran. Take a trip through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an experienced guide to help you learn about the environment of Chichester Harbour. On-board the engines are virtually silent as…

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Stansted Park stands in 1800 acres of parkland and ancient forest within the South Downs National Park. In 1983 the 10th Earl of Bessborough gave Stansted Park, the Arboretum, his family home and its beautiful contents to the public. The…

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Perched high on top of the South Downs, Uppark House and Garden allows you to take in panoramic views across the South Down valleys and as far as the Isle of Wight. Set on chalk grassland, Uppark’s meadow supports a…

A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 1,000-year period ­ from…

West Dean College

Your creative retreat awaits. West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an internationally recognised art college with a strong craft ethos offering over 800 short courses, from beginner to advanced level and ranging from a day, a weekend or…

An image showing the River Lavant at West Dean Gardens near Chichester

Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, West Dean gardens are a great day out all year round