An acclaimed centre for theatre in Britain, Chichester Festival Theatre, first launched by Sir Laurence Olivier in the early 1960s, remains today one of our finest centres for innovative theatre shows. The Festival theatre is not the only acclaimed arts venue in this beautiful West Sussex City with a market town flavour, for the award-winning Pallant House Gallery is home to one of the best collections of 20th Century and British Contemporary Art in the UK!
Add to this a nearby spectacular coastline with best surfing and family beaches around the Witterings and lots of opportunities for boat trips and water sports around Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you have all the ingredients for a great holiday base.
Chichester centre feels more like a beautiful heritage market town than a city with its central stunning Market Cross, quirky independent shops and spectacular Chichester Cathedral with Norman and Medieval architecture, which inside contains enchanting Medieval tombs like the famous Arundel Tomb of the Earl of Arundel and his wife Eleanor of Lancaster beloved by the poet Philip Larkin. Other museums in Chichester centre not to be missed include the district museum with numerous Roman and Medieval finds plus plenty of family fun.
Marks of Chichester's Roman design remain today in great chunks of surviving Roman city walls which you can view via the pretty Chichester City Walls Walk and a must visit in conjunction with a tour of the District Museum is nearby Fishbourne Roman Palace, one of Britain's greatest unearthed Roman palaces with extensive examples of roman mosaics, the largest Roman Mosaics collection in Britain! Chichester accommodation choice includes a delightful mix of heritage guest houses, stylish self-catering townhouses and on the outskirts a selection of pretty family friendly cottages and budget quality chain hotels ideal for business, leisure and one night Chichester theatre breaks.
Alongside the many heritage attractions and world class galleries and theatres in Chichester city centre sit a choice of premier attractions on the nearby coast and in the neighbouring Downland including Goodwood and Fontwell Racecourses and Goodwood House & Motorsport which hosts year round events and festivals plus the fun family Weald & Downland Museum and a string of pretty villages in Chichester Harbour. Book a Chichester theatre weekend break and browse Chichester accommodation online now.