Hankering for a long overdue catch up with friends, fancy a date night with your other half or simply looking for ideas of top things to do in Chichester? Look no further!
As a Chichester estate agent, we get asked a lot about where to go and what to do in the local area - especially by younger people looking to move to the city long term. And fortunately, between us, we’ve eaten here, had a drink there and partied everywhere, so here are some of our most loved places to go out.
Partial to a glass of wine now and again? Well, this vineyard tour and wine tasting experience is not only fabulous because of its stunning setting, but also because of its bargain price. Perfect for couples, large groups or even given as a gift.
Located in the heart of Chichester and just a five-minute walk from Chichester Festival Theatre, this fine dining restaurant is great for a pre-show dinner or curtain-down supper. The independently-owned venue is renowned for its food and ambience, and with a boutique hotel on site, you could make a night or a full weekend of it!
If you can’t make it through the day without your morning caffeine fix, then be sure to set a coffee date with friends at Common Grounds. This quaint little café offers a laid back environment and plenty of specialty drinks, as well as tasty treats.
Get the party started on a night out in Chichester with drinks at The Rocking Horse. This authentic yet modern cocktail bar is friendly and just the right size for a get-together. With keen mixologists behind the bar, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to drink options. If you feel inspired to learn more, they also offer cocktail masterclasses.
For the art lovers among us, Pallant House Gallery is a must. It makes for a great afternoon out or even a first date! Exploring many perspectives on British art dating back from 1900 to the modern day, you can discover exhibitions, workshops and, occasionally, special guests.
One for the groups, and particularly good for team building, stag or hen dos, is the Escape Room. With three themed rooms on offer, you’ll need to race against the clock to find clues in order to escape. It’s even more fun if you’re competing with another group. It sits on the same site as Chichester Golf Club, so you could also follow up with a round or two of crazy golf, foot golf or ‘proper’ golf.
For a quieter day out, take a walk around the hidden gem that is Bishop’s Palace Gardens. Hidden behind the Cathedral and city walls, this stunning public park is best enjoyed with a picnic in the sunshine, even on colder days - just take a flask of hot tea.
Serving up some of the finest Italian food in a lively and contemporary setting is Carluccio’s at the entrance of Eastgate Square. At White & Brooks, we can’t resist its breakfasts - perfect for when you have a full day of property completions and viewings ahead.
This restaurant and hotel in the South Downs hamlet of Madehurst, near Arundel, opened its doors in September 2021. As you would expect from a National Park setting, the outlook is lush – matched by a grown up interior with luxurious rooms, a greenhouse restaurant and even a potting shed where you can relax with a wellbeing massage treatment.
Of course, we can’t forget Goodwood. While it also features on our Top 10 family days out in Chichester, there are plenty of reasons for grownups to go, from car and horse racing events to music nights and full-on festivals. You can also stay in the hotel, relax in the spa and enjoy the health club.
This Grade II* listed building in the Oaklands Park part of the city is the go-to venue for live performances. From visiting orchestras to TV’s best loved comedians, the stage is always being graced by star talent, plus there’s a café, restaurant and bar too.
We’re keen to hear your favourites too, so get in touch.