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Surrounding West Dean Estate

The historic city of Chichester sits between South Downs National Parkand the beautiful south coast of England.

A host of visitor attractions and activities are on offer both indoors and outdoors.

The Centurion Way, which you can cycle or walk, runs from West Dean Estate to the City centre. Alternatively the A286 will take you straight to the city centre car parking.

The path will take you to Chichester Festival Theatre in Oaklands Park, and on to the shopping area via North Street.

Look west from the centre you can see Chichester Cathedral, long-time supporter of the arts and adjacent to the stunning Bishop's Palace Gardens and nearby Novium museum, home to the Chilgrove Mosaic found on the West Dean Estate.


Further west is Fishbourne Roman Palace.


Head east and you can find Pallant House Gallery, award winning site with regular international exhibitions and local events.

A few miles on is Tangmere Military and Aviation Museum, home to an impressive display of historic aircraft and a unique collection of aviation memorabilia stretching from the First World War through to the Cold War.


South of the City is Chichester canal where you can book a boat trip or hire one yourself and row past the spot where Turner once painted a masterpiece. Close by is the South Downs Planetarium which offers a view of the stars with regular shows and talks.


Further south is Chichester Harbour with footpaths that wind around the coast. To get out on the water you can book a trip with Chichester Harbour Water Tours which will take you past the stunning beaches of East Head and West Wittering.

Northeast of Chichester Goodwood is visible nestled in the Downs where events, festivals and racing take place throughout the year. Goodwood House, home of the Duke of Richmond, is open to visitors March-October.

Close by is Cass Sculpture Park with stunning pieces by international artists installed amongst woodland.


Head further north to the Weald & Downland Museum to find a demonstration of life across 600 years through traditional buildings, artefacts and events. Turn to the left and you’ll find yourself back near West Dean.

For more information about the local area go to www.visitchichester.org

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West Dean College and Gardens are situated in South East England, six miles north of the historic city of Chichester and 12 miles from the south coast.

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