Chichester and its surrounding area are steeped in history and full
of beauty. Architecturally, the city of Chichester has much to offer
from elegant Georgian houses to the more humble cosy Victorian and
The building now housing Present Surprise was one of a terrace of
15th century cottages. Around 1825 the backs were converted into
shops, so the buildings turned round to face South Street. Some have
been modernised in the 20th Century but the shop front of Present
Surprise looks much the same today as it did then.
From Roman Foundations to Medieval to Modern, Chichester has a
fascinating past and has grown steadily over the centuries. The
population is now around 26,000. Too much wonderful history to write
here so look at www.localhistories.org/chichester for
a brief history with links to sites offering greater detail.
The highly acclaimed Pallant
20th Century art in a Queen Anne town house. www.pallant.org.uk.
The well-known Festival
opened in 1962 with Laurence Olivier as its first director. www.cft.org.uk.
Award-winning sculpture at the Cass
Sculpture Foundation at
Goodwood – monumental sculptures in an idyllic setting. www.sculpture.org.uk.
every summer. www.chifest.org.uk.
Wide choice of concerts at
the Cathedral and Festival Theatre, see websites below.
The attractive Chichester
Ship Canal starting
near the city centre for easy walking or cycling.
its mass of boats in the marina.
The beautiful South
wonderful 360 degree views from beauty spots and pathways.
Pretty villages around,
with good pubs and restaurants.
See www.visitsussex.org for
more information and links.
Cathedral, the mother church for East and West Sussex
which has stood at the centre of Chichester for nearly 1000
years. It holds wonderful early objects as well as exciting
modern art and holds concerts and events throughout the year. www.chichestercathedral.org.uk for
times of services and other details.
Roman Palace, discovered in 1960 and showing
spectacular Roman mosaics. www.sussexpast.co.uk/fishbourne.
Dean Gardens featuring,
amongst other things, a walled kitchen garden and 49 acre
arboretum with views over the striking flint house. www.westdean.org.uk.
House — a
grand Regency house open to the public during the summer season.
Owned and lived in by the Earl and Countess of March with their
young children. Its racecourse and motor racing circuit are
equally well known, with events throughout the year. www.goodwood.co.uk.
Shopping and Places to Eat
Many independent, all interesting. Opposite Present Surprise in
South Street you will find a good choice of restaurants and even a
And so much more …