Destination guide

Experience West Sussex with Chichester holiday lets

Chichester is a genteel cathedral city filled with elegant Georgian parades and encircled by Roman walls. It's set in the heart of West Sussex, a picturesque slice of England known for rolling hills, rugged seascapes and ancient ruins. Whether you're planning a romantic "staycation" or a family getaway, Chichester holiday lets promise a unique stay in the much-loved coastal county.


Historic Roman ruins near Chichester holiday lets

While construction started in 1075, Chichester Cathedral wasn't completed until the 13th century. Inside you'll be wowed by soaring arches, intricate Romanesque carvings and a magnificent stained-glass window. Fishbourne Palace, just outside Chichester, is Britain's largest Roman ruin. Today, elevated boardwalks criss-cross above the ancient residence, which traces its roots to 75 AD. Can't get enough of West Sussex history? From heritage-listed cottages to converted barns, Chichester holiday rentals offer a unique chance to stay in a slice of history.


Activities and attractions in and around Chichester

Do you want to discover top things to see and do while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Chichester a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Chichester Golf Club (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Goodwood Golf Club (2.9 mi / 4.6 km)
  • Avisford Park Golf Club (7.2 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Langstone Adventure Rowing (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)
  • Hayling Seaside Railway (9.8 mi / 15.8 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near your Chichester holiday cottage

Chichester is a gateway to the South Downs National Park, where you'll find over 600 square miles of rolling chalk hills, ancient woodlands and dramatic coastline. The park is a rambler's paradise, with over 1,800 miles of "right of way" walking trails to explore, including the iconic South Downs Way. If nature is a priority, escape to secluded holiday cottages set in the picturesque West Sussex countryside.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Chichester

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Chichester. These are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre (10.1 mi / 16.2 km)
  • Kingley Vale (3.3 mi / 5.4 km)
  • West Dean Gardens (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Chichester Harbour (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Denmans Garden (5.4 mi / 8.6 km)
  • West Wittering Beach (7 mi / 11.2 km)

Beach-hopping with Chichester holiday rentals

Chichester holiday rentals put you a stone's throw from the West Sussex coastline, where you'll find miles on end of sandy beaches, seaside resorts and pristine coastline. Set at the mouth of Chichester Harbour, West Wittering Beach boasts golden sand and Blue Flag status. Bracklesham Bay is another great place to enjoy a bucket-and-spade day, offering shingle sand, stellar fossil hunting opportunities and fantastic views of the English Channel.

How to get there

How to get to and around Chichester

The nearest airport is in Southampton (SOU), located 26.6 mi (42.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to London (LGW-Gatwick), which is 34.7 mi (55.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Chichester Station, Chichester Fishbourne Station and Chirchester Bosham Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Getting around from your Chichester holiday cottage

Chichester's cobblestone streets and winding laneways are best explored on foot, while a car offers the freedom to get around West Sussex at your own pace. A set of wheels will also unlock access to secluded holiday cottages, where you can wake up to sweeping views of the Chichester countryside. If you're travelling by train, Chichester Station offers quick connections to London, Brighton and Arundel – jump online and book tickets in advance to secure the best savings.

Food & drink

Enjoy farm-fresh West Sussex produce in Chichester

As you explore the county you'll discover a bounty of artisan bakeries, organic markets, free-range butchers and community-run farms. At local pubs and restaurants, save your appetite for West Sussex classics, like partridge pudding, chalk stream trout and banoffee pie. Cider is considered an art form in this corner of the UK, and there's a bevy of artisan mills to sip your way through. With their flower-filled gardens and sunny terraces, West Sussex holiday cottages are the perfect place to stock up on your favourite ciders and enjoy a private tasting session.

Essential info

Essential info for your Chichester holiday rentals stay

  • Tipping isn't expected, but it's always appreciated for good service
  • Pack layers, as West Sussex can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • West Sussex water is pristine, so pack a reusable bottle and save on plastic
  • Experience Chichester through a local lens, with boutique holiday rentals in the heart of the cathedral city

Can I find a vacation rental around Chichester?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 821 vacation rentals near Chichester. From 275 cottages to 275 cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Chichester for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Chichester?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Chichester. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Chirchester Bosham Station: 1,045 vacation rentals
  • Bosham Church: 1,059 vacation rentals
  • Goodwood Motor Circuit: 951 vacation rentals
  • Kingley Vale: 1,001 vacation rentals
  • Goodwood Racecourse: 818 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chichester listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Chichester?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 275 Cottages in Chichester. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Chichester include:

  • Cabins: 275 rentals available
  • Houses: 576 rentals available
  • Flats: 174 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Caravans and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Chichester?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 56 vacation rentals with pool available in Chichester. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.