Neptune Chichester, our 28th store to open, sits on the edge of this historic city, surrounded by countryside and with the beautiful South Downs National Park to its north. It’s an area we’ve been very much looking forward to exploring.
Now that we have, we wanted to tell you about a few of our favourite places nearby, so you can turn your trip to Neptune Chichester into a whole day out. Whether it be somewhere to eat or to shop, or a place to visit, you’ll find them all either in Chichester or just a short drive away.
Pallant House Gallery
This art gallery is partly housed in a Grade I-listed, Queen Anne-style townhouse, and partly in a modern architectural extension. Inside is a ‘collection of collections’, made up of contemporary (and occasionally historic) pieces, donated by a group of individual contributors, each with their own personal tastes. It’s one of the things, alongside the building, that gives Pallant House its character.
There are few places that meld such ancient settings with contemporary art quite as successfully as Chichester Cathedral does. The artworks, dating from the 1950s onwards, only add to the magnificent building. They include a Cornish stone and beaten copper font, and a painting by Graham Sutherland (another version of which can be seen in Pallant House).
Chichester city walls trail
Extending out from the medieval market cross are four streets – simply named North, East, South and West – which divide the city into quadrants. Circling all of this are the city’s walls, built by the Romans in the third century and largely still standing today. Head out for a pleasant stroll around them (the route is just a mile and a half long), where you can take in original bastions as well as the city’s Georgian buildings.
Home to the Dukes of Norfolk for over 850 years, this 11th century castle is another of West Sussex’s historical sites that we think is well worth a visit. Less than half an hour away from Chichester, inside there’s a mahogany-panelled Regency library, an extensive armoury, and a keep which offers wide-reaching views over the Downs and to the sea. We also love the herbaceous borders, glasshouses and stumpery in the gardens.
Cass Sculpture Foundation
Goodwood might be more famous for motorsport than it is for art, but nestled on this sprawling estate is a diverse selection of modern sculpture. A visit to the grounds of the Cass Sculpture Foundation will have you wandering through beautiful countryside – and two indoor galleries – dotted with dramatic and surprising installations.