Pretty Selsey just 8 miles south of Chichester on the West Sussex Coast offers a peaceful coastal holiday retreat and is also a favourite holiday base with families. Diving and snorkelling in the warm off shore shallows at Selsey are particularly popular around this area of the West Sussex Coast known as the Manhood Peninsula, a flat terrain not much more than 20 feet above sea level.
You can expect a beautiful warm climate in Selsey over the summer season and beach choice is superb, with East, West and Marine beach all on your doorstep, and more beaches and watersports widely available at nearby Chichester Harbour, Pagham Harbour and the Witterings surfing beach meccas. Take a look around the Selsey Lifeboat Station Museum on the seafront, a real community hub in the town. A great time to visit is during the annual Selsey Festival (end July/ early August).
Enjoy the finest seafood, fresh from the catch, here in Selsey fishing village on the edge of Chichester Harbour. The shifting story of the coastline around the Manhood Peninsula is a fascinating one, for until relatively recently Selsey was an island – Seal Island. A causeway was constructed in 1809, but travel back 300 years and Seal Island had its own ferry service and prior to this Bishop Wilfrid arrived about 680 to set up a cathedral church here after being banished from Northumbria. This church was an early forerunner to the cathedral at Chichester!
Stylish modern self-catering chalets and fun family holiday parks are around the Selsey area or choose from a wide selection of holiday cottages and inn B&Bs in the Selsey area, all perfect for beach holidays and watersports around Chichester Harbour, and within easy reach of world class theatre in cathedral city Chichester. Find Selsey accommodation online now and book.