Chichester - Hayling Island - West Wittering Coast Guide
Chichester is the inland market town that lies at the far end of Chichester Harbour. The harbour itself is a designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Chichester is a picturesque town. Founded by the Romans around AD 50 the town has been an important settlement and anchorage for over 2000 years.
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A magnificent cathedral was completed in 1108 on the site of an ancient shrine dedicated to St Richard. Most of the centre of the town has its origins in the Georgian era and there are many fine examples of this style of architecture to be found along the winding streets. Also of note is the Buttermarket an old covered market building and Chichester Cross also the site of an ancient market.
Nearby are the recently discovered (1960) remains of a large Roman Palace at Fishbourne. This building believed to have been established on the site of the original Roman military camp and covers an area similar in size to Buckingham Palace. The Palace is thought to have been the base for Vespasian in his campaign to conqueror Britain. It was destroyed by fire around AD 300 - presumably pay-back time by the local Brits!
Model of Fishbourne Palace
Hayling Island is an unusual and interesting feature of the south coast. It is an inland island in effect surrounded by the waters of Langstone Harbour to the west and Chichester harbour to the east and it is reached by a road bridge from the A27.
There are around three miles of beach along the southern part of the island and more along the harbours. The Hayling Seafront is mainly a shingle beach above the high tide mark, with long stretches of sand below this line. Views of the Solent are wonderful with the Isle of Wight plainly seen and wide stretches of open water, with many yachts and ferries going to the Continent. The main beach is fine for swimming but is not recommended at either end due to the harbour currents.
East and West Wittering
The two towns are typical English seaside resorts with the usual facilities the main attractions are the beaches and the dunes behind them which offers acres of space for relaxation.There are good beaches at both East and West Wittering and they continue east along Bracklesham Bay up to Selsey Bill. This area is a popular for many watersports including wind and kite surfing, sea canoeing, sailing, fishing, scuba diving and surfing.
Places to visit in Chichester
Fishbourne Roman Palace - Excavation site and mosaics - Salthill Road, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 3QS Tel: 01243 785859
Selsey Bill - Shingle beach and small seaside town. Local fishing fleet and lifeboat station.
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Whether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.
Attractions - see listings pages
A huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages.
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Pubs, restaurants and shopping guide
The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....
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