Chichester is a thriving Georgian market town surrounded by medieval ramparts, nestled in the gorgeous landscape between the South Downs and the sea. Its key sights include a glorious cathedral and highly decorated streets lined with 18th-century townhouses - but it is culture and retail that reign supreme here, with a famous theatre and a splendid pedestrianized shopping area. There are also some fascinating Roman remains to explore, both in town and in the surrounding countryside.

Visiting Chichester

Chichester is West Sussex's only city and has some of the region's best shopping. The Tudor Market Cross, dating back to 1501, presides over four popular pedestrianized streets pointing north, south, east and west. There something for everyone, from fashion to chocolate - check out Montezuma's Chocolates 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 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; you can reach it using local buses from Cheltenham Spa station.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main train station in Chichester?

The main train station in Chichester is Chichester railway station. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for Chichester railway station.

Which train companies run trains to Chichester?

The primary operator of trains to Chichester is Southern.

How do I find cheap tickets to Chichester?

It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to Chichester. We'd recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.

Are trains to Chichester running?

There are frequent daily services to Chichester, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Chichester.

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