Chichester is West Sussex's only city, and has some of region's best shopping. The Tudor Market Cross, dating back to 1501, presides over four popular pedestrianized streets pointing north, south, east and west - and there is of course something for everyone, from fashion to chocolate (check out Montezuma's for a serious cocoa fix).
The 900-year-old Chichester Cathedral is an amazing feat of architecture that marries ancient and modern. It houses contemporary art in the form of a glass window by Marc Chagall, a tapestry by John Piper and paintings by Graham Sutherland, Hans Feibusch and Patrick Prockto. They make a fascinating and challenging contrast with older elements of the building, such as the 12th century carved stone panels depicting the raising of Lazarus.
If you haven't had your fill of history and culture, head to Fishbourne Roman Palace just west of the city. The intricate restored mosaics include a famous depiction of Cupid riding a dolphin.
Finally, for a local sport fix head to Whaddon in the east of the city to watch Cheltenham Town FC. The Robins play at Whaddon Road, currently known as the World of Smile Stadium. You can reach it using local buses from Cheltenham Spa station.