Chichester is a beautiful city in West Sussex, with history spanning back to the Roman Times. There is a lovely Tudor Market cross with a host of small independent shops. It is a hub for a lot of main routes to pass through making it a great place to take a stop for the day on your journeys. It sits just on the edge of the South Downs. I thought I’d list some of the places you could chose to stop at to give you a few ideas to get started on your plans!!
One of the main attractions that brings people to Chichester is the beautiful Chichester Cathedral, having been there for over 9 centuries!! Over the years it has been added and added to so it is interesting to see the changes in architect through time. It is free to visit and there are tours available to make sure you don’t miss a thing. There is also a café and quite often different events are being put on so check out their website for anything coming up. www.chichestercathedral.org.uk
For another free admission option there is also The Novium, it was built over a Roman bathhouse and tells the history of the Chichester District. It has lots of exhibits for people to see, including telling you all about the Roman Baths, with lots of visualisations. The Novium holds not just permanent exhibitions but also temporary and traveling ones as well so the museum is always changing. www.thenovium.org
If its Roman history that interests you there is the Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens. Here you can explore the luxury of this Roman Home. It is also home to a huge collection of Roman Mosaics which is a beauty to see, if you would like to know more about the lives back then and what makes this a home of luxury you could also arrange to have a tour. Check out the website for more details in regards to tours available. sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/fishbourne-roman-palace
Looking for a more interactive experience but still enjoy learning about the world before us? The Weald and Downland Museum makes for an excellent day out. They have rescued and restored buildings from the past and brought them all to one place, telling the stories of people who have lived in the South Downs for the last 1000 years!! With a huge 40-acre site that also allows dogs it makes for a great family day out, there is a café but also picnic areas if you wish to bring your own supplies. They often have live demonstrations of how things were done in past and there are some opportunities to join in with the craft making and cooking. This is a day out to enjoy for a whole hot of reasons, check out their site for all the extra things they have going on alongside the usual business of the museum. www.wealddown.co.uk
Now the last of the museums in this article is Tangmere Aviation Museum, used as a way to keep the memory alive of the RAF Tangmere Aviation it is a great place to explore the history around aircraft and the people involved. With lots of different halls to visit all with different aircraft and artefacts each section is interesting and holds its own history. Even in the grounds outside there is aircraft dotted about amongst the memorial gardens and picnic areas. There are also flight stimulators to get a more hands on feel, with a tea room and a shop it makes for a lovely day out. www.tangmere-museum.org.uk
So, moving on from the museums if you fancy getting out and about why not take some time out and visit West Dean Gardens, sat at the foot of the South Downs it is a beautiful spot to come and look at some beautifully restored grounds and equally gorgeous plants and trees. Glasshouse and a walled kitchen garden are just among some of the features you’ll find here. There is a lovely spring garden with a river to watch the ducks, secret walkways and bridges, of course there is benches around for you to just sit and take in the beauty of your surroundings. A place to enjoy and disappear into your own little haven. www.westdean.org.uk
How about a spot of Wine tasting? The Tinwood Estate Vineyard is open for tours and tastings! Take your time to wander the vineyard and see how the wine is produced, whilst tasting some samples for yourself. If you fancied it you could even stay in one of their luxury lodges that are set and raised to the perfect heights for the perfect views across the vineyard, with a barrel sauna and a jacuzzi bath, why would you want to leave!! www.tinwoodestate.com
Another beautiful estate you could visit is the Goodwood estate, with so much to see and do it is a beautiful spot to take up some of your time!! You could head to the house, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, have yourself a stunning afternoon tea or maybe a guided tour? You could head to the Park Golf Course and try your hand at 18 holes? Depending on when you visit there is also a racetrack which holds lots of motorsport events over the years and a Horse racing track with many events. With a Spa, Health Club and Restaurants as well you may not want to leave, so why not stop over and check out what the Goodwood Hotel has to offer. www.goodwood.com
Now if it is the children’s turn for a fun filled day out, I have a few options coming up, the first being Flip Out a trampoline park that is full of adventure and excitement. So much to do to keep children of all ages entertained. They have a Ninja obstacle course, a vertical drop slide, foam pit and much, much more. There is even a soft play area with 3 levels to keep them busy with a specific area for under 5’s. www.flipout.co.uk/locations/chichester
Next we have a Role play centre designed to spark your children’s imagination, Little Street. It has different areas to visit like a café, a beauty salon and a construction site. All of the areas have perfectly scaled down objects that fit in with the theme like a tractor and a barn full of animals. What better place to play and make believe? A great educational play experience aimed at children from walking age to 7 years although children up to 12 are welcome. www.little-street.co.uk/chichester
Finally, fun for all the family at Ten Pin Bowling, with 16 bowling lanes there is plenty of space to enjoy time as a family, you could also try you hand at pool or head to the arcade area for lots of other fun and games. They also have a fully licensed bar and lots of food options so great for an evening out. www.tenpin.co.uk/our-locations/chichester
Hopefully you will find lots on the list to keep you busy in Chichester, to be honest you may have to extend your stay!! There is also lots of hotels, B & B’s and restaurants around for the complete weekend away package.