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The only city in the West Sussex Region, Chichester has become the cultural hub of the area – thanks in part to the vast Cathedral, with its sheer spire and pale emerald roof, that rises from the pristine grounds and lush forest that surround it. This elegant stone needle however, represents only the tip of the iceberg both culturally and historically. Being one of the oldest settlements in England, Chichester has a wealth of historic and cultural sites to see.

Things to see

Almost impossible to ignore when you arrive in Chichester, the city's cathedral is a must see thanks to its imposing size, history and elegant design. Glorious arches are a motif that can be found weaving their way through ceilings, windows and corridors. You can take a guided tour or simply relax and enjoy the architecture in this cool, peaceful piece of history that dates back to 1075. Interestingly, the cathedral is the only one in England that is visible from the sea. Of course, Chichester Cathedral isn't the only slice of history to be discovered nearby. Just a short trip from the city proper lies the Fishbourne Roman Palace. Here, you'll find ornate mosaics depicting thundering horses and Roman gods, as well as a scale model of what the original palace would have looked like. To round off the day, enjoy one of the emotive performances at the Festival Theatre.

Hotels in Chichester

Chichester hotels tend to fall in the mid range price wise, and you'll find a pleasant collection of Tudor pubs and inns, along with bed and breakfasts. Despite their often historic exteriors, hotels in Chichester come equipped with all mod cons such as flat-screen TVs in your room and even free in room internet access in some locations. Heading down to the restaurant for a slap up evening meal and an ale or two is certainly another benefit, along with an indulgent complimentary breakfast. Most hotels are also within easy walking distance of the city centre, and attractions.

Where to stay

If you're after easy access to the towering cathedral and bustle of the city centre, then Orchard Street places you firmly within walking distance – perfect for taking in the sights of the beautifully lit Cathedral in the deep blue of an evening sky. If you're planning on spending a few nights in the revelry of the Festival Theatre, then the Northgate places you close to the historic walls of the city, and within walking distance of the theatre itself. Alternatively, if you want a quiet retreat, New Park Road offers access to the lush, grassy space of local parkland.

How to get to Chichester

If you're arriving in England from an international destination, then heading to one of London's airports is your best bet. From here, there are a number of train services that run to Chichester operated by Southern Trains. Local transport in Chichester is centred around Chichester Station, which means you can easily catch a bus or taxi to your hotel, as well as find transport to the nearby village of Fishbourne. Alternatively, Chichester can be reached via the A27 and M27. The city centre is small enough that you can easily walk to most local attractions and shops.