The Ab Fab Collab- Places to see in and around Chichester

Welcome to another monthly installment of the the fantastic (if I say so myself!) Ab Fab Collab.
If you are new around here, then this is where I collab with the amazing blogger Abbey Lousia Rosa and we each share our take on a particular topic.

This month I suggested we share what’s to do and see in the area we live in now that the milder and sunnier weather has rolled around to us in the UK.
Abbey’s post shares what a great place her home town of Norwich is. I can vouch for what a pretty part of the world Norfolk is and well worth a visit if you get the chance.

My post is centred around my home town of Chichester on the south coast of England and the places I rate are worth seeing if you come to the area!

So let’s start off with…

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester cathedral

The cathedral from Bishop Place Gardens

This is right in the centre of the town (or is it city- I still don’t know which is the correct definination!) and boasts it’s own separate bell tower. Please tell me if you find another UK catherdral with a separate bell tower as I don’t think you will.

The catherdral was built 900 years ago (even if you’re not a history buff, hopefully you’ll appreciate that’s quite some time!). Inside there are a number of large stain glass windows featuring some local important people of interest. Including St Wilfrid and St Richard (means more to you if you are a local).
I don’t know all the names for the part of a catherdral (please excuse my ignorance) but I can say when a choir performs in there it is gives me goosebumps as the acoustics are amazing.
If you love architecture then this will also be right up your street. And even if you aren’t, I’ll be surprised if you don’t find it pretty impressive to visit.

The Shops

Chichester’s main department store, House of Fraser

One of my fav shops. Cath Kidston

Now you may of guessed I am a little fond of shopping and Chichester has a good amount of high street retailers. But alas there is no beloved Tiger or Primark, for that I have to visit Brighton or Southamton. But there are both a large H&M and New Look, also Topshop, Oasis and Next should get a mention.
There are loootsss of cafes and coffee shops (much to many local’s distate) and even more are vying for planning permission as I type. So if you like to eat out Chichester is your place (but if you like fast food like McD’s or BK then you have to go out of town).
Chichester does have a reputation for being middle class, and some of the shops like Pure Collection, Sweaty Betty and Russell and Bromley do aid to that suggestion.
I was internally praying that Pret would come to Chichester and it finally did! I don’t think the fact I also tweeted them to do so had any involvement in it mind!
If I can get Tiger to come to Chichester then I will be a happy bunny!

The beach

West Beach, Littlehampton

Littlehampton harbour mouth and sea front

As Chichester is just 6 miles inland from the coast it means only a short trip to the sea side. There are a number of beaches to visit including Bognor Regis, West Witterings and Littlehampton. Great for this time of year when the sun is out.
Bognor is more of your quintessential British seaside town, with a small pier, amusements and crazy golf. Great if you don’t get to the coast much, but it’s not a patch on Bournemouth in my opinion.
West Witterings is reknown for it’s miles of sandy beach and often in the summer months gets rather congested with traffic on the one road into it. Well worth the effort though!
Littlehampton is similar to Bognor, but also has a regenerated harbour area with a viewing station allowing you to look out almost 360 degrees around the harbour mouth and the surrounding area including The Downs.

Angmering Park woods

Talking of The Downs. A few miles east of Chichester you will find Angmering Park Estate which includes what is locally called The Bluebell Woods. This is several acres of woodland that in the spring season have the woodland floor blanketed in bluebells.
I recently visited there with Dan, and whilst all the bluebells where still all to bloom (or is it blossom?!) I could still see a number of the bluebells scattered around and it looked so pretty.


I have shared about Arundel in a recent post here and this is another picturesque place to visit local to Chichester at this time of year. It is perfect place for taking photos as there is the River Arun and the boats that tootle along it, the Castle in all it’s grandeur and the independent and boutique shops that give Arundel it’s charm.

Chichester Canal

Also a great place to visit for a nice spring walk is Swanbourne Lake, which often has families and keen walkers enjoying the spring fresh air and scenery.

I’m sure if you know Chichester or visit the area you will know there is much more to see and do in Chichester and the local area, such as a leisurely walk along the canal, or a visit to Chichester
museum, the Novium which has actually Roman baths and flooring that where found underneath the building and an exhibit on astronaut Tim Peake as he is from Chichester, amongst many other places.

If you know the area I’d love to know what your local recommendations are and even if you aren’t likely to come by I’d love to know what you think of my place of residence!

Thanks for reading!

Love and hugs,

P.S Don’t forget Abbey’s collab post here 🙂

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  1. abbeylouisarose
    April 27, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I definitely need to pay a visit to your part of the world, Abbie! The bluebell woods are absolutely stunning, it'd be lovely to spend an afternoon there soaking up the scenery! Your favourite Cath kidston shop looks like a winner with me too, I love their prints!! Thanks so much for sharing!Abbey ✨

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