Chichester Cathedral, previously known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, was founded as a cathedral in 1075 when the seat of the bishop moved from Selsey. It has been described as the most typical English cathedral with fine Norman and gothic architectural styles, although it has a free standing bell tower and double aisles which is unique amongst medieval cathedrals. The cathedral is famous for its music with fabulous lunchtime concerts on a Tuesday and many other engagements throughout the year.
West Dean Gardens is located just north of Chichester, the renowned gardens dating back to 1622 when the very first manor house was built by James Lewkenor. The gardens are home to trees that were planted in the early 1800s. Following the storm of 1987, a transformation project started led by Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain. The project is aimed at bringing the 19th Century Gardens into the 21st Century.
The Novium Museum is an award winning museum, opened in 2012. It is built upon the remains of a Roman Bath House. The Novium is the perfect place to gain an insight into Chichester’s rich history. The museum stretches over 3 floors, the ground floor primarily taken up by the Roman Baths. As well as the main museum building, it also runs The Guildhall, situated in the beautiful grounds of Priory Park. During its 700 history, the Grade 1 Listed building has undergone various reincarnations from its origins as a Franciscan Friary, to a venue where politicians were elected.