Just under two hours by train from London, Chichester is a charming city by the seaside with a world-class theatre, a stunning cathedral and gorgeous Georgian architecture. What more could you want?
Travellers from far and wide come to this city in West Sussex county to see the magnificent Chichester Cathedral, which is free to visit. Wander around the medieval building, marvel at the colourful stained glass window, and try to imagine what life was like 900 years ago, when the cathedral was built. If you need a caffeine kick to jump-start your visit, the Cloisters Cafe within the cathedral has plenty of food and drinks on offer.
Just behind the cathedral and along a sort of hidden pathway is the beautiful Bishop's Palace Gardens, a sprawling park with benches and open spaces that are perfect for picnicking upon and whiling away the afternoon.
The city's ancient Roman roots can be seen in the city walls that remain. Take a stroll on top of these ramparts, which form a ring around the city centre. To learn more you can tour the Novium museum, which explores the history of Chichester from ancient Roman times right up to the present day.
For a spot of sunshine, you can take an easy 40-minute train ride to the laid-back Worthing Beach, or snack on some fish and chips at the lively Bognor Regis beach. If country walks are more your thing, explore the numerous trails in the famous South Downs, which are just north of the city.
The world-class Festival Theatre, just a 20-minute walk from Chichester train station, has hosted countless top shows over the years, many of which have gone on to the West End. It opened in 1962, with Laurence Olivier as its first art director.