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Trains to Chichester

With Southern trains, the historic sights and superb shops of Chichester are only around an hour and 30 minutes away from London Victoria.

The station on Southgate is just a short walk to the city centre, where you’ll find the distinctive Market Cross. Find out more about facilities at Chichester station.

Said to date back to 1501, Market Cross stands at the junction of four streets lined with big-name stores and independent boutiques, as well as a good choice of places to eat and drink.

With plenty of accommodation options – including the stunning Ship Hotel found in a former Georgian townhouse – Chichester also serves as a great base from which to explore the stunning coast and countryside nearby.

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Things to do in Chichester

Visit the historic sights

From the remains of an original Roman wall to stunning listed buildings such as the St Mary’s Hospital, Chichester has more than its fair share of traditional sights to enjoy.

Top of the list is 900-year-old Chichester Cathedral, its impressive spire rising up from the heart of the city. Don’t miss the reliefs dating back to the 12th century that depict biblical scenes in intricately carved stone.

There are more modern flourishes too, with artwork by the likes of Marc Chagall, John Piper and Graham Sutherland including a stained-glass window, tapestry and painting.

Elsewhere, at Fishbourne Roman Palace, there’s one of the country’s finest collections of Roman mosaics. Perhaps the most famous creation here is the mosaic showing Cupid riding on the back of a dolphin.

Art and theatre

There are plenty more cultural attractions to take in during your visit to Chichester.

At the Pallant House Gallery, you’ll find an excellent collection of art by modern masters such as Henry Moore, Lucian Freud and Sir Peter Blake, who famously designed the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper's album cover.

The gallery is housed in a beautiful Grade I building with an £8.6million extension. It was awarded the prestigious Gulbenkian Prize in 2007, ranking it alongside previous winners such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Chichester’s Festival Theatre, known as one of the finest outside London, is also well worth a visit.

It’s held productions featuring big names such as Patrick Stewart, who appeared as Macbeth in 2007, while more recent stars include Felicity Kendal – of The Good Life fame.

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