I visited Chichester in 2007 and liked it so much I decided...
I visited Chichester in 2007 and liked it so much I decided to live there!
As a visitor, the best place to start is with the Novium Museum, which shows you the history of the district and is built around the Roman Baths. A walk round the walls is a must, as is the Cathedral, with an altar piece by John Piper, a Chagall window and the Arundel tomb, about which Philip Larkin wrote a poem. If you like modern art, there is the renowned Pallant House Gallery and the Cass Sculpture Foundation is nearby. The Chichester Festival Theatre stages its own in-house productions, many of which transfer to the West End. Besides Cineworld, there is a wonderful Arts Cinema and Chichester even has its own planetarium! There are lovely green spaces too, such as Priory Park with its Guildhall used for weddings and Bishop's Palace gardens with its exotic trees.
There is also a lot to see nearby, such as the seaside, Goodwood, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Bignor Roman Villa, Petworth House, Cowdray House, Uppark House, Stansted House and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. You can drive to these places, but the buses are quite good, too.
There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Chichester, and they aren't all chains, either. The Nag's Head has an excellent restaurant with a carvery, and I love the Little London Café and the Vintage Tea Rooms in North Street. As a souvenir for a friend (or yourself!), you could buy chocolate from Montezuma's, a Sussex-based business.