Perfect Day Out Chichester Day Trip

With years of history packed within the almost-intact Roman City Walls, the city of Chichester is just a short drive from Bognor Regis. The gorgeous Georgian streets intersect the compact city centre, joining at the Market Cross; one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

In Chichester you can discover world class art and culture at the city’s galleries and one of the UK’s flagship regional theatres, Chichester Festival Theatre. There is also an eclectic mixture of shops and restaurants, along with a stunning cathedral and gardens to enjoy.

Chichester is easy to get to by bus, train or car from Bognor Regis and makes the perfect day excursion while staying in the Bognor Regis area.

Inside Chichester

Chichester Cathedral

Overlooking the bustling city, Chichester Cathedral stands proud as a place of worship since its foundation in 1108. Inside you can experience some of its 900 years of history, as well as contemporary art, medieval sculpture and Victorian glass work.

In addition to being an active place of worship, visitors can also enjoy a year-long changing programme of concerts, art exhibitions, talks, study days, family activities and more.

Insiders tip: Behind the cathedral you will find the hidden Bishop’s Palace Gardens which are a beautiful, quiet place to relax with a picnic.

Art & Culture

Pallant House Gallery is one of Britain’s most distinctive modern art museums. It tells the story of British art from 1900 to now through original exhibitions and a world-class collection. In its 20 galleries, housed in an historic Queen Anne townhouse with a striking contemporary extension, you can see the work of Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Eduardo Paolozzi and many more greats from the history of modern art.

The gallery holds seasonal exhibitions and a lively programme of talks, workshops and family events.

Make a day of it by visiting the restaurant, lingering in the courtyard garden and browsing the art bookshop, which are all free to enter, as are the ground floor exhibitions and displays. An admission charge applies to the collection and main exhibition spaces.

Outdoors Activities

From parks to the canal. There is lots to enjoy outside in Chichester.

The Chichester Ship Canal is a leisure waterway linking historic Chichester to the sea. The canal runs four miles from the Chichester Basin to the Chichester Harbour at Birdham and today the two miles as far as Donnington is navigable. It is great for narrow boat trips, rowing, canoeing, rambling, fishing, and cycling.

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