Chichester: The Destination of Choice

English Tourism Week is almost upon us. This week-long celebration is designed to showcase all that this green and pleasant land has to offer, highlighting the vibrancy and quality of the visitor experiences provided by the English tourism industry.

This year, English Tourism Week will be held between the 14th and 22nd of March. The event will see a number of exciting activities take place across the country, kick-starting the tourism season in style.

Inspired by this, and in honour of English Tourism Week, here we give a guide to why the city of Chichester is the ultimate English holiday destination.

Beautiful Countryside

Chichester is surrounded by some truly breathtaking countryside, and is a haven for walking enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. So why not lose yourself in the beauty of the West Sussex countryside by exploring one of its many scenic walking routes?

One of the best walks in the area has got to be the South Downs Way. Take a ramble along some of the most spectacular landscapes in southern England.

Amazing Culture

Chichester is a city of culture; from flagship theatres to world renowned galleries, the city really does have it all.

Highlights include the Pallant House Gallery, which is home to one of the best collections of modern British art in the world.

The Chichester Festival Theatre is also worth a visit, having earned itself an international reputation for the high quality of its productions.

The city of Chichester is also steeped in history. It features a number of sites of historic interest, including its famous cathedral, which has stood at the heart of Chichester for over 900 years.

 

Glorious Goodwood

The Chichester district is a sporting aficionado’s dream. Nestled at the base of the Sussex Downs, on the outskirts of Chichester, is the sporting institution that is Goodwood.

This estate is world-renowned for its spectacular range of sporting events which includes horseracing, shooting and motor racing, to name but a few.

Goodwood also holds a number of famous festivals throughout the year, such as the ‘Glorious Goodwood’ horse racing festival. This 5-day event is one of the highlights of the racing calendar, attracting some of the finest horses and jockeys in the world.

Whether or not you’re an avid racing enthusiast, this festival is one you’ll definitely remember. So why not treat yourself to a day at the races and discover the thrills of glorious Goodwood for yourself?

This year’s festival will be held between 28th of July and 1st of August, and you book tickets now.

Something a Little Different

If you’ve ever wondered what the Aurora Borealis looks like, or wanted to see Saturn’s resplendent rings, then head to the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester.

Explore the many secrets of our universe and discover the far-flung constellations that light up the night sky, all from the comfort of a theatre.

The planetarium uses a projector to display life-like images of our solar system across its spectacular domed ceiling, taking you on the trip of a lifetime through the many wonders of our universe. At times the effect is so realistic, it’s easy to forget you’re sat indoors!

The planetarium holds a number of special events throughout the year and you can find out more about upcoming shows here.

Chichester has an incredible range of activities to enjoy, making this city the ideal choice for your next getaway.

And where better to stay than right here with us at Crouchers Hotel? We’re snug in the heart of the West Sussex countryside, close to this charming city, so if you’re looking for beautiful hotels in Chichester that’ll get your heart-racing with delight, contact us today on 01243 784995, to speak to a member of our friendly team.

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Exploring Roman Chichester

Chichester is a beautiful and historic city, with plenty to see and do for holidaymakers of all kinds. For those who have a fascination with the past, it’s a perfect place to explore Roman history.

Noviomagus Reginorum

Shortly after the Roman conquest of AD43 began, the Romans established a winter fort in the territory of the friendly Atrebates tribe. They called it Noviomagus Reginorum, meaning new field or new clearing of the Regini, and the legion occupying it was commanded by the future Roman Emperor Vespasian.

It’s thought that this fort played an important role in the continuing Roman Conquest; archaeological work in the area has uncovered significant military storage structures near Fishbourne Roman Palace – but more on that later.

Civitas Reginorum

The Roman army only stayed for a couple of years; after they left, the fort became a civilian settlement and the capital of the Civitas Reginorum, a “client kingdom” of the Roman Empire ruled by Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus. His name is seen on an inscription found in 1723, which was dated to the first century.

In English, it reads, “To Neptune and Minerva, for the welfare of the Divine House, by the authority of Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus, great king of the Britons, the guild of smiths and those in it gave this temple at their own expense.”

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Cogidubnus was thought to have been one of the earliest residents of Fishbourne Roman Palace. Although locals had long known of Roman remains in the area, it wasn’t until 1960 that it was first excavated – and archaeologists soon realised they had something special. It is in fact the largest Roman home in Britain, and contains the largest collection of mosaics kept in place today.

Chichester City

Many features of Chichester itself indicate its importance in Roman times; Stane Street began at its east gate and connected the city to London, and the plan of the Roman city can still be seen in the layout of the modern shopping streets. The original Roman city walls were over two metres thick and, although they have been modified greatly over the centuries, can still be seen today. You can also explore the Novium museum, which houses the remains of the city’s Roman baths complex as well as other collections.

Whether it’s the history of the area, the beautiful countryside and coastline, or more modern attractions that bring you here, at Crouchers we are proud to offer one of the best Chichester hotels available. For more information, to ask about availability or to make a booking, get in touch with us on 01243 784995 today.

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A Cyclist’s Guide to Chichester

West Sussex is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK and the Chichester area is certainly representative of this.

Walks are always a good way to view the picturesque scenes that an area has to offer, but sometimes cycling is the better option that allows you to see more in a day. We have picked out three of our favourite cycle routes around the Chichester area for this blog post.

So if you’re looking to do a bit of cycling during your time in West Sussex then we have you covered.

There are plenty of cycle shops in Chichester so if you’re looking to rent a bike or you want to have some work done on yours then you will easily be able to do so.

Centurion Way

The Centurion Way trail, named so because of the Roman road that the trail crosses, is a 1.5 km, traffic free cycle route that can be taken on by experienced cyclers or those just starting out.

The trail follows a route that was once used by the Chichester to Midhurst Railway line that was once used for the transportation of sugar beet. The railway was closed in 1957 and removed in 1993, but the path that was left has been adopted as a cycle and walking path.

The path mainly follows the River Lavant, which is a waterborne river that is only present during the wetter months of the year, and has a couple of viewpoints and seating areas along the way if you want to have a picnic with a stunning view.

Salterns Way

The Salterns Way cycle route is a bit more substantial than the centurion way route and is for the more serious cyclers or those who want to make a whole day out of viewing the West Sussex scenery from a bike.

Spanning 18 km, Salterns Way takes cyclists from Chichester to East Head, via the Chichester Marina. The route has numerous fantastic views, regardless of the season, and if you want to discover the beautiful West Sussex landscapes then this is definitely the route for you. Although the whole route is 18 km long, you don’t need to travel the whole way as the route can be shortened as much as you like.

 

A Great Day Out From Chichester and Back

This circular cycle route takes cyclists north of Chichester into the South Downs National Park and back around to Chichester. The route is quite lengthy, with a distance of 27 km, so is likely to take two to four hours depending on how fast you want to ride and how many pubs you’d like to stop off at on the way!

If you’re a nature lover then you’ll love this route as part of it will take you through the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve that is home to one of Europe’s most impressive yew forests along with over 50 species of birds and 39 species of butterfly. There are pubs in West Dean, Chilgrove and Chichester so you if you want to stop off for lunch or refreshments during your ride then you’ll find it easy to do so.

These are just a few of the stunning cycle routes that West Sussex has to offer. Here at Crouchers Hotel, we are conveniently located in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, very near to the lovely cathedral city of Chichester. If you are looking for Chichester hotels to stay in, please do not hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01243 78995.

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Wonderful West Sussex Walks

The West Sussex countryside is home to some truly stunning landscapes, and is in many respects a haven of natural beauty. One of the best ways to discover the beauty of the West Sussex is on foot. So here we give quick guide, to some of the best walking routes in the west Sussex area.

The South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a national trail, which runs for approximately 100 miles along the breathtaking South Downs and is the perfect spot for simply getting away from it all. The route offers the chance to experience some of the most beautiful scenery the county, and indeed southern England has to offer. The South Downs Way covers 48 miles of the wonderful West Sussex countryside, and there are a number of different routes you can try. One of the best places to pick up the trail is around the village of Amberely where the route passes close by to the village railway station making it easy to access.

The Monarchs Way

The Monarchs Way is one of the greatest long distance footpaths in England. At 615 miles long the trail is also the country’s second longest, signposted walking route. The path roughly follows the escape route used by Charles II, following his defeat at the battle of Worchester in 1651.Consequently, in addition to some truly breathtaking scenery; the route also offers a chance to glimpse a number of sites of historic interest too. In West Sussex, the trail passes through a number of sites of interest, and there are a various places throughout the county where you can pick up the trail and explore the path for yourself.

New Lipchis Way

This lovely walking route runs from Liphook in Hampshire, to East Head near the entrance of the Chichester harbour. The path takes you through, some of the most beautiful areas of West Sussex, including the heathlands, and Wealden river valleys. The path is approximately 37 miles long, and one of the best parts of the route to explore is the final section which takes you along the Chichester ship canal, and channel, to West Wittering.

These are just a few of the fantastic walking spots, in West Sussex which are well worth exploring. Here at Crouchers Hotel, we are conveniently located in the heart of the West Sussex countryside close to the beautiful cathedral city of Chichester, and can provide you with the ideal place to stay during your walking adventure. So if you’re looking for hotels in Chichester please do not hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01243 784995.

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Planning a Romantic Getaway

As the Beatles once said, “all you need is love!” but sometimes you need a little more than that to show your loved one how much you care. Flowers, chocolates and other gifts are all well and good, but how about taking a much-needed break from everyday life, just you and your beloved? And where better to spend your weekend (or longer) of romance than at Crouchers Hotel in Chichester?

Surprise!

Why not surprise your other half? You could keep your whole trip secret, or just surprise them with a planned activity. Add a little more romance to the surprise by arranging with us to have Champagne on ice, flowers or chocolates in your room when you arrive.

Leave it at Home

When going on a romantic getaway, there are certain things you should leave at home:

  • Work
  • Money worries
  • Previous disagreements

Basically anything that distracts you from enjoying your time together should be left behind!

Plan Activities

Do a little research before you leave to find out what activities you can do while you’re away. Luckily for you, Chichester has plenty to offer, so you’re sure to find something you’ll both enjoy. You could take in a show at Chichester Festival Theatre or enjoy the stars at the South Downs Planetarium.

Alone Time

It’s great to get out and see the sights when you’re away together, but what’s even better is getting some alone time with each other. Take one morning or afternoon to just relax in each other’s company in your hotel room, or go for a romantic walk. This is the perfect time for you two to talk and learn more about each other. Whether you’ve been together for a matter of months, or many years, there’s always something new you can discover about the one you love.

Here at Crouchers Hotel, we’re the perfect place for your romantic getaway. So if you’re looking for Chichester hotels, look no further! Contact us today by calling 01243 784995 for more information, or to book one of our beautiful rooms.

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