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.