An image of Selsey beach with boats in the foreground
The historic fishing town of Selsey lies eight miles south of Chichester on the southernmost tip of the Manhood Peninsula. Famed for its Selsey Crab which is lauded across the globe as one of the very best, the town has a proud fishing heritage, and there is still a strong cultural connection to the sea, with a fishing fleet moored offshore, still bringing in the catch.


Selsey’s miles of natural beaches play host to a huge variety of wildlife both on and off the shore, and the RSPB reserves of Pagham Harbour and RSPB Medmerry are home to countless species of birds and wildfowl. In warmer months, visitors may even glimpse the seals from which Selsey’s name originates.

With more sunlight hours than anywhere in the UK, and bathing water rated as excellent, Selsey is a great spot for a day in the sunshine. Explore the rugged landscape on foot or on bicycle. Enjoy a fabulous Selsey sunset and admire the impressive dark skies made famous by the late Sir Patrick Moore who lived in the town. Other notable Selsey residents and events can be sought out on one of the town’s Blue Plaque Heritage walks.

Many of the town’s fishing fleet crew the Selsey Lifeboats, which have been a feature of the town since 1861. The lifeboat station can be found on the shore at Kingsway and is open for visitors.

Discover more about this hidden gem at the Destination Selsey website.


Things to do in Selsey

RSPB Medmerry

RSPB Medmerry Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife including birds of prey and many types of wetland birds

Selsey Lifeboat Station

Today’s lifeboat station at Selsey operates an all weather Shannon class lifeboat (AWL 13-20 ‘Denise and Eric’) and a D class inshore lifeboat (ILB D-827 ‘Flt Lt John Buckley RAF’).  Over its 150-year History the Crew have been presented with…

An image of fishing boats and nets on Selsey beach

The Selsey Heritage Trail is made up of three different self-guided walks exploring the Blue Plaques in and around Selsey, highlighting the places where important people in history lived and worked as well as the locations of significant events. The…


Events in Selsey

A picture showing a still from an animation Robin Robin adventure trail at Pagham Harbour November 24th January 10th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

celebrate your inner robin with a Robin Robin themed adventure trail and exclusive activity packs at RSPB Pagham Harbour

An image of Father Christmas Magical Christmas Experiences at Bunn November 26th January 2nd 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a magical Christmas experience featuringing Father Christmas, Ice Skating and lots more at Bunn Leisure


Places to Stay in Selsey

Twin room at Greenacre

Are you looking for a quality bed and breakfast in Selsey for short breaks or longer? Why not stay in our friendly family run accommodation with homely bedrooms, a welcoming lounge with open fire and beautifully landscaped gardens. We also…

Double room at Pirates Point

Pirates Point is a newly furnished Grade II listed holiday cottage situated on the beachfront of Selsey in West Sussex. The 18th-century cottage can be found down a secluded lane on the end of a row of terraced cottages that…

Turnstiles kitchen

Situated directly on the sea front on the edge of the small costal town of Selsey in West Sussex, Turnstiles is a wonderful hideaway made up of two old railway carriages, raised up to make the most of the spectacular…

Arrive and park in our spacious car park, then be welcomed by Paul and Claire into the lovely light bar and breakfast area with views over the large landscaped gardens. Choose a room in the main house, overlooking the lawns…

Our Favourite

Selsey Eateries

Eggs at the Old Piggery Farm Shop and Tearoom

Fantastic farm shop products plus an eclectic tearoom. Tons of coal and logs for woodbuners now in The Old Piggery Farm Shop and Tearoom is just past the RSPB Pagham harbour on the way to Selsey. The tearoom serves cream…

An image showing a seafood platter from Potters of Selsey

Potters is a family-run business specialising in locally and sustainably caught crab and lobster, based in the beautiful seaside town of Selsey. Fishermen Chris, Mike, John and Steven ensure that all of their catch is sustainably caught and have years of experience…

Selsey Willows Seafood is a family run business with its own fishing boat Rapid Return. They attend various Farmers’Markets throughout Sussex and Surrey selling locally caught fish and shellfish.


Selsey Gallery