Clues To Go   -   Chichester

The pedestrianised centre of Chichester is a pleasant mixture of some familiar high street names, occupying listed buildings in a tasteful fashion, lots of quirky individual traders, all interspersed with some fine historic buildings spanning a 1000 years. Then, in the centre of it all, is the Norman cathedral. This walking route picks up on all these features, along with a variety of blue plaques and historical information boards that provide a snapshot of the city's history.

The closest car park to the start of the route is the Cattle Market Car Park. Alternatively there is a long stay car park (Avenue De Chartres) which is signposted as you come into town from the A27, Portsmouth Road.

On the way you will come across features from the town's  beginnings (it was a major staging post following the Roman invasion of Britain) and was the capital of the Kingdom of Sussex, named after Cissa, the son of the Saxon Aelle. In Norman times it had a population of 1500. The walled city was a major player in the English Civil War when the Parliamentarians besieged the Royalists here.

The route is easily negotiable in a wheelchair, without any need to climb any steps.

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