This historic cathedral city traces its history back to Roman times and its attractions include the 900-year-old Chichester cathedral and the brilliant Fishbourne Roman Palace.
29a South Street, Chichester
Tel (01243) 539 449
Open Jan-Mar Mon-Sat 9.15am-5.15pm; Apr-Sep Mon-Sat 9.15am-5.15pm, Sun 11am-3.30pm; Oct-Dec Mon-Sat 9.15am-5.15pm
Chichester lies on the coastal train line linking Brighton with Portsmouth and Southampton and there are also regular trains to London (Victoria station). There are also good bus connections with National Express (tel 0870 580 8080) buses to London and Stagecoach buses go to Brighton (route 702) and Portsmouth (routes 700 & 701).
There are no hostels in Chichester, but it can be visited as a daytrip from either Portsmouth or Arundel, which both have hostel accommodation.
Chichester's cathedral dates from 1091 but incorporates an eclectic range of architectural styles owing to additions to the cathedral that have been made over the past 900 years.
Tel (01243) 782595
Open summer 7.30am-7pm daily; winter 7.30am-5pm daily
This small museum has exhibits on local history.
26 Little London, Chichester
Tel (01243) 784683
Open Wed-Sat 10am-5.30pm
Discovered by accident in 1960 while digging a water trench, the fascinating Fishbourne Roman Palace is Britain's largest Roman building dating from the 1st century. The site features Britain's largest collection of in-situ mosaics, which include the famous Cupid on a Dolphin. There are also formal gardens that have been replanted according to the original Roman plan and an adjoining museum with exhibits relating to the site.
Salthill Road, Fishbourne, Chichester
Bus 11, 56, 700 Train Fishbourne
Tel (01243) 785859
Admission £7.30,students £6.50
Open Jan-Feb 10am-4pm daily; Mar-Jul 10am-5pm daily; Aug 10am-6pm daily; Sep-Oct 10am-5pm daily; Nov-Dec 10am-4pm daily
This elegant building is noted for its collection modern art, which is complemented by a programme of temporary exhibits.
9 North Pallant, Chichester
Tel (01243) 77455
Admission £7.50, students £4
Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm
This open-air museum 11km north of Chichester has over 40 historic buildings that date from medieval to Victorian times. Highlights of the museum includes a Tudor farmhouse and a working 17th century waterwheel.
A286, Singleton, Chichester
Tel (01243) 811348
Open Jan-Feb Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm; Mar-Oct 10.30am-6pm daily; Nov-Dec Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm