A Weekend in Chichester - Itinerary Ideas

A weekend to explore the countryside and coast – it has to be Chichester!

Situated on the south coast and nestled at the foot of the South Downs National Park, Chichester is the location that delivers a bit of everything for your weekend away. Whether you prefer to rough it in the great outdoors or relax in a luxury of a hotel, there’s plenty of choices of where to lay your head. Here are some ideas of what to do and where to stay on your weekend away.


Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a tidal estuarine framed by a low-lying coastal plain. The Harbour's coastline is charactarised by distinctive tidal channels leading to a maze of inlets and rithes that criss-cross expanses of saltmarsh and mudflats.

A wide variety of animals and creatures live in and around the Harbour - some are very easy to spot, whereas others may be hidden in the intertidal mud or in the water, making them less obvious. As you walk or sail here, you are bound to see something special.

Chichester district also boasts some beautiful beaches and seaside towns including the infamous West Witterings beach and Selsey, a small town at the most southerly point of the Manhood Peninsula.

You’re spoilt for choice of accommodation too. The city centre offers hotels, bed and breakfasts as well as self catering holiday lets. You could even stay in the Cathedral’s 4 Canon Lane, a B&B come hotel set in Chichester’s beautiful historic quarter. If you’re looking for something a little closer to nature you can camp or ‘glamp’ across the District, including by the sea in Witterings during the summer.


You don’t have to venture far from the city centre to find yourself in the sprawling foot hills of the South Downs. North of Chichester, and an easy cycle ride from the city centre on the Centurions Way, you’ll find West Dean. The well-known West Dean Gardens is a short walk from the end of the bridleway as well as some beautiful country pubs.

Further afield you can venture to Petworth to tour the antique shops and grab a spot of lunch in the boutique restaurants and cafes.

City life

Of course Chichester City Centre has plenty to offer on a weekend away without leaving the city walls. From museums to shopping, Chichester has everything you need. Soak up some culture on your stay; the Chichester Festival Theatre boasts many award winning productions during the year with something to suit everyone.

Getting here

Where ever you live, Chichester is an easy destination to reach. Just an hour and a half from Waterloo station by train or a similar length drive in the car, Chichester is close enough for a weekend break but with enough variety to keep you buy for a long weekend or more.

Our directory offers lots of ideas for accommodation, attractions and places to eat, drink and also shop! Plan your weekend in Chichester today.



Posted on May 14th 2018Category: Blog