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Great places to visit near and around Chichester!

The City of Chichester 

Chichester is a historic city surrounded by Roman walls which date back almost 2000 years. Set in the beautiful county of West Sussex, Chichester was a significant settlement during Anglo-Saxon times and is home to a monumental cathedral dating from the 12th century.

Chichester is the home to impressive theatres, art galleries, nearby coastal attractions and the local university’s vibrant student community!

Locals refer to Chichester as “Chi”, and Chi has useful amenities for all, such as railway stations, reachable medical and hospital services, museums, shops and more.

Chichester is a picturesque city; its people are friendly, and its charm stems from elegant Georgian buildings that line the streets. The four main streets (North, East, South and West Streets) join at the landmark of the Market Cross. The main street, North Street, is pedestrianised with plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants, perfect for those who want to sit and soak up the atmosphere in the summer.

The city offers ample shopping facilities and is home to the famous Novium Museum, with impressive exhibits and artefacts dating back thousands of years. Chichester is a popular tourist destination known for its safe and friendly community, featuring a large student population from both Chichester College and the University of Chichester.

Visitors can enjoy the wealth of green parks and public gardens, perfect for picnics, walks or photography. The local countryside is stunning and much loved by visitors and residents alike. There are many sights and places to explore around Chichester, with regular bus and train connections to local towns, beaches and cities further away.

Chichester is a small city full of history, beautiful sights and green open spaces. Below are some places you can explore while studying at Chichester College as an international student.

Chichester City is historic, safe, friendly and within easy reach of London and Brighton. Chichester has welcomed international students for many years and has lots to offer students seeking a safe place to learn and explore.
Chichester's historic and iconic Cathedral is visible from miles around and is only a short walk from our Chichester campus.
The Novium Museum holds a wealth of local history and archaeological artefacts from Roman times and earlier eras.
Visit the UK's largest Roman Villa featuring the largest collection of mosaics in the UK. Fishbourne Roman Palace is the largest Roman residence known north of the Alps.
Chichester's Pallant House Gallery is a leading art gallery featuring famous works of art by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and other well-known artists. A perfect place to visit for aspiring artists- it is within easy walking distance of our Chichester campus.
Take a walk or hire a row boat to explore the scenic Chichester Ship Canal. You can also go on a canal boat ride which makes for a relaxing afternoon while you enjoy the surrounding nature.
Just a short walk from Chichester College- Bishops Palace Garden is a tranquil garden next to the cathedral. It's a great place to escape to, take a walk, picnic, read or get away from it all for a while without leaving the heart of Chichester.
Arundel is rich in history. With its castle, boating lake, wetlands centre and charming town centres- there is plenty to explore. Catch the train there or join one of our trips.

Key Facts

Population: 27, 795 (2011 Census)
London: 1 hour, 42 minutes. There are approximately 34 trains per day
Brighton: 1 hour, about 42 trains per day
Heathrow Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes. We can arrange taxis to and from Heathrow. See Taxi information.
Gatwick Airport: 1 hour and 2 minutes. We can arrange taxis to collect and take students to Gatwick. See Taxi Information

Natural Splendour

West Wittering Beach, Arundel Castle, Kingly Vale and Fishbourne Roman Palace are all within easy reach from our college. Choose our summer school and take advantage of the chance to experience these natural splendours, historical sites and much more.

The Goodwood Estate
Goodwood is perfect for those who enjoy a mixture of English heritage and motorsports all in one area. Take a trip back in time with the Festival of Speed or go for afternoon tea at the Goodwood Estate, home to the Duke of Richmond and Gordon.
Bosham is a coastal village only 2 miles west of Chichester with a harbour and tidal inlet. It has been occupied since the Roman Times. Bosham is tranquil and scenic- perfect for walking, photography or just sitting and taking in the views.
Bognor Regis is a seaside resort only 6 miles from Chichester. Originally a fishing village, Bognor is a famous seaside town. Stroll on the Pier, play some Crazy Golf on the seafront or visit the local museum.
Arundel is overflowing with historic locations, buildings and beautiful landscapes, and it is like something out of a fairytale book. Arundel is known for its tremendous castle and cathedral, which overlooks the picturesque town.
Halnaker Windmill is an iconic landmark in West Sussex and provides excellent views of the coast and local farmland.
Take in the ancient yew trees and enjoy spectacular views from Kingley Vale- a National Nature Reserve owned by Natural England. The reserve includes well-preserved archaeological sites.
It is a perfect spot to picnic and take in the views. The City of Chichester and the Chichester Harbour can all be seen from this high point only a few miles from Chichester Centre.
Brimming with rich heritage and natural beauty, West Dean Gardens is the ideal place to enjoy nature, walk and explore impressive gardens including an impressive collection of working Victorian Glasshouses. The tearoom is first class!

Hidden Histories

Chichester’s history spans the Roman, Viking, Saxon and Norman eras. You can see it today through Chichester’s 11th-century cathedral, historical monuments and Roman architecture.

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Art & Culture

Offering a wealth of galleries, playhouses and a dynamic social scene, Chichester has something for everyone. Chichester is the home to many unique attractions, such as the Goodwood House and Racecourse, Tangmere Aviation Museum and much more!

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Chichester has something for everyone, combining a safe, thriving urban centre with the rural splendour of West Sussex. Chichester College is a short ten-minute walk from the very centre of town and a similar distance from the Train Station, where you can explore the rest of the  UK.

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