The Local Area

The Visitchichester.org website is always updated daily and gives a list of local attractions which are open. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Government advice may have restricted access or numbers of visitors to various places. Please contact them for an update on their current status, should you wish to visit any of them during your stay.

Honeysuckle Lodge sits in the middle of Ham Farm, an arable farm on the southern edge of the Manhood Peninsula, in the parish of Sidlesham close to Pagham Harbour and Medmerry RSPB Reserves. Local rural pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of menu. The cottage is within a few miles of East Head, and the beaches and village shops of East and West Wittering. Birdham Pool, Dell Quay and Chichester Marina give access for keen sailors to Chichester Harbour and the Solent.

The Solent and the Isle of Wight from Medmerry Reserve

The Roman Palace at Fishbourne and the historic city of Chichester, with its well documented Roman connections, lie to the north of Sidlesham. Within the City Walls, The Novium Museum, Chichester Cathedral and the medieval Market Cross are located in the pedestrianised city centre. There is a range of independent shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs tucked away down narrow side streets. Pallant House, a typical Georgian townhouse, with its adjacent Art Gallery, are also located in the City centre. To the north of the pedestrian precinct is Chichester Festival Theatre and the smaller Minerva Theatre hosting a wide range of live performances throughout the year. Chichester Gate, with a variety of attractions including Cineworld, and the Chichester Canal are on the southern edge of the city.

Goodwood Estate, less than ten miles to the north of the cottage, is on the edge of the South Downs National Park. It hosts the world renowned annual motor events The Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. Goodwood Racecourse is home to flat racing. The Grandstand, with far reaching views to the coast, provides a spectacular venue for evening events and race days through the season, culminating in Glorious Goodwood at the end of July. The Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton, home to BBC’s Repair Shop, and the Edward James Foundation at West Dean College also sit in the Downs, along with several National Trust properties.

Further along the south coast to the west lies Portsmouth, with its historic dockyard and Mary Rose Exhibition, and ferry ports to the Isle of Wight and the continent. Arundel, Worthing and Brighton, with a wide variety of attractions, are to the east.