The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place in Chichester in West Sussex, England. We don’t know about you, but our whole editoral staff was not really familiar with this city, which is why we put together some key facts for you.

Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, in South-East England. It is the only city in West Sussex and has a long history as a settlement from Roman times and was important in Anglo-Saxon times. It is the seat of a bishopric, with a 12th-century cathedral, and home to some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain.

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Chichester has three tiers of local government. It is a transport hub, and a centre for culture in the county, with a theatre, museum and art galleries. Chichester Harbour and the South Downs provide opportunities for outdoor pursuits.

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Chichester is surrounded by beautiful countryside, sandy beaches, fishing villages, historical and family attractions, offering incredible diversity to suit every visitor.

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One of the most striking geographical features is Chichester Harbour; this is a large natural harbour which is one England’s few remaining undeveloped coastal areas. It is, therefore, a major haven for local wildlife as well as being a very beautiful area. Ecologically, the mudflats and saltings are of great significance, with rich plant life and a multitude of tiny invertebrates providing a vital food source for thousands of wildfowl and wading birds.

For visitors, one of the most popular areas around Chicester Harbour is West Wittering; this little village boasts beautiful beaches, and is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

And since it’s only a two-hour drive from London, it’s definitely something to consider for your next trip.


photo credentials: visitchichester, V’s World (Bryan), Alberto Garcia (flickr), Creative Commons 2.0