5 things to see and do in and around Chichester

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Out of all the places for a family day out along the South Coast, Chichester isn’t usually the first one you think of. But guess what – there’s so much to this city than meets the eye! And because it’s not as ‘famous’ than some other day trip hotspots, there are less crowds to avoid. 

With so much on offer in Chichester, we’ve put together a list of 5 of our favourite things to see and do. Getting here by car is easy and train services from Brighton to Chichester run direct, so there’s nothing stopping you from stepping out and getting to know this wonderful city just a little bit better.

Fishbourne Roman Palace 

There’s so much history in Chichester. The city dates back to Roman times and nowhere is that more obvious than at Fishbourne Roman Palace. It’s not just kids who will be taken aback by how fantastic this lavish Roman palace is. There are loads of tours and talks that bring 2,000 years of history to life – with little extras like learning stations and an activity space for the young ones too.

Chichester Cathedral

Isn’t it incredible sometimes to think about how old a building is when you’re standing in the middle of it? Chichester Cathedral has stood tall for nearly 1,000 years. You don’t have to be religious to get the most out of a visit either. Specially created children’s trails will keep the kids entertained for up to 50 minutes, while there are regular family friendly events and outdoor spaces to explore.

Weald & Downland Living Museum

If you have the time and means, the Weald and Downland Living Museum is a little escape from the centre of Chichester. There are 50 buildings set across 40 acres of this museum that give you an idea of how people lived in the rural South Downs. Of course, being an outdoor museum means there’s a load of room for the kids to explore – but there are also some cool hands-on activities too.

Priory Park 

If the weather’s nice and the kids have bundles of energy, we find that a park is the perfect place for them to run around to their heart’s content. They’ll struggle to be bored of the play area with its zip wire, sand pit, climbing frames and separate toddler area. If they do, you can chase them up the old castle mound. Or they could chase you. Either way, this park has plenty to entertain the whole clan.

South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre 

Sadly, the British weather doesn’t always play ball. And that means it’s always good to have one or two indoor options up your sleeve. The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre definitely fits the bill. What could be better than exploring the universe while it’s pouring outdoors? For kids who find the TV absorbing, the full dome show here takes that to a whole new level!

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