Free Stuff to do in Chichester

Going out doesn't have to be expensive. Once you're in Chichester there's plenty to do and see that won't cost you a penny. As well as walks and exploring the city, there are lots of free activities and attractions.

Chichester Cathedral

  • Indoor
  • Educational
  • Central location

This magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chichester for over 900 years. With unique architecture from each century of its life, this Cathedral is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks.

The Cathedral is open every day and all year with free entry.  There are free drop-in guided tours, self-guiding leaflets for those who prefer to wander at their own pace, and special trails for children.  There is also a superb Cloisters Café and Shop, complete with terrace and walled garden.  

Cycle on the centurian way

  • Get some exercise!
  • Go as far as you like
  • Nice and flat, easy ride away from roads

The Centurion Way is a 5.5 mile (9km) path that runs between Chichester, Lavant and West Dean using the dismantled Chichester to Midhurst Railway, which closed in 1991. The name, Centurion Way, was suggested by a local schoolboy and is based on the fact that the path crosses the course of a Roman road. In December 2015, a new 1.5 mile (2.5km) path on the old railway line was opened giving year-round access to West Dean, for both walkers and cyclists. 

The Novium Museum

  • Indoor activity
  • Educational
  • Central location

Opened in 2012, the award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and has three floors of fantastic exhibitions, telling the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on display and in its store. The museum is free for people to visit, and is located in Tower Street, close to the cathedral and just opposite Chichester Library.

West Witterings Beach

  • Outdoor
  • Seaside
  • All ages

Witterings is one of the UK's most beautiful beaches, as well as a nature reserve and popular water sport location. Knows for its miles of sandy beaches at low tide, Witterings is a popular destination both in summer months and during the winter.

Goodwood Motor Circuit and Aerodrome

  • Plane and car spotting
  • Great cafe on site
  • Parking

Goodwood Motor Circuit is a great place to stop for coffee and watch both racing on the track and light aircraft on the aerodrome. Free to enter, the site is great for your plane spotters and a good place to sit and watch the world go by.

Go crabbing

  • Family friendly 
  • An hour at least 
  • Mildly weather dependent

We're so lucky to be beside the sea. Our beautiful harbour has lots of lovely shallow inlets to explore and pontoons and jetties from which to dangle a crabbing line. If you've got you're own kit then great, but you can also pick it up at local seaside shops. Good spots to explore for crabbing include Emsworth, Bosham, Chidham, Chichester marina.

Pallant House Gallery

  • Indoor
  • Free entry
  • Art & culture

Pallant House Gallery opened in its present incarnation to national critical acclaim in July 2006. The remarkable £8.6 million build project, which took nearly three years to complete, seamlessly married the original Queen Anne, grade I listed town-house and the new wing, quadrupling Pallant House Gallery's exhibition space. The Gallery's Collection of British Modern art is frequently described as one of the best in the UK. with important works by Gino Severini , Ivon Hitchens, Henry Moore, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Patrick Caulfield, Michael Andrews, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton.

Posted on May 03rd 2018Category: Blog