Chichester’s historic city centre is just a twenty-minute stroll (or short bus ride) from your door. Once in Chichester itself, the rich history of the city is immediately apparent, from its Roman walls – the most preserved in the region – to its majestic cathedral. Keen historians of all ages can learn about the origins of their city at The Novium museum or at regular city-wide events such as Roman Week or the archaeological dig at Priory Park.
If you are seeking art, culture and unforgettable evenings out, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship venues known for its high standard of original productions as well as its annual Festival Week, while the award-winning Pallant House Gallery, described by The Times as ‘one of the most important galleries for British modern art in the country’, runs regular family-friendly events and free fun days.
Chichester and its surrounding area is a hub for independent food and drink makers, with produce available at the region’s many farmers markets, farm shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants – a number of which feature in the Michelin guide. All the family favourites are in and around the city centre for eating in, taking away or driving through, including Côte, Smith & Western, Wildwood and Giggling Squid as well as many premium pubs and bars.
When it comes to shopping, all the major retail brands have outlets here or if you’re looking for that unique gift you can wander the historic lanes and browse Chichester’s numerous independent and boutique stores. There are also conveniently located car parks throughout the city. For groceries, all the major supermarkets are within easy reach and there is both a Sainsbury’s and Waitrose less than two miles from home.
Glorious attractions on your doorstep
Just a few miles from your doorstep is the world-famous Goodwood House and sporting estate. It would be difficult to find another attraction that will appeal to such a diverse range of people. Whether yourself and your loved-ones are motorsport fanatics, keen golfers, foodies, budding historians, gardeners, nature lovers, hunters, shoppers, artists, equestrians or would-be aviators – everyone can expect an experience like no other here. And with regular international events – you can experience something different every visit.
Chichester Harbour is one of the South’s most popular sailing destinations and is also a special place for rare wildlife thanks to its unique habitats. West Wittering beach is approximately ten miles away and so picturesque that it is regularly used as a film and photo shoot location, while Pagham beach is also within easy reach.
When venturing a little further, you are spoilt for choice from the woodlands of Cranbourne Chase or the bluebell woods and iconic bronze age chalk White Horse of North Wessex Downs to the ancient trees of the New Forest
National Park or the magnificent white cliffs of the Seven Sisters in the South Downs National Park.
If you are feeling energetic, all these places offer cycling, sailing and outdoor activities for all ages and abilities. However, when you just want to stretch your legs or take the dog for an evening run-out, Havenstoke Park, Rousillion Park and the University playing fields are just a short stroll from your doorstep.
From the daily commute to days out – everything is closer than you think
The tranquility of Keepers Green, with its green open spaces and tree-lined roads, make it hard to believe just how well-connected you are to a thriving city centre. And with employers such as Rolls Royce, Apex Car Rental, Goodwood, The SAS Group in the locality, it’s easy to see why employment rates in West Sussex are higher than both the regional and national average. But should you need to commute, Chichester offers direct rail links to London Victoria every 30 minutes, with journeys taking approximately 1.5 hours. Portsmouth is less than 25 miles away, while Southampton, Worthing and Brighton are less than 50 miles away.
A better start in life
Chichester is known for the high standards of its educational institutions.
The local area offers a wide selection of award-winning nurseries and schools such as Jessie Younghusband, Bishop Luffa and Chichester High School – all of which are judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted. There are many well-known independent schools here, such as Westbourne House School, Great Ballard School and The Prebendal School – all of which have been judged as Excellent by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
The University of Chichester is earning a global reputation as a leading institute of higher education. The recently opened Engineering and Digital Technology Park is attracting much interest and the university has recently been given awards from the Ministry of Defence and the Secretary of State and Education. Alumni includes numerous famous names from the sports and arts, and professors are regularly invited to speak at high-profile international events. All of this makes Keepers Green the perfect choice for now – and for your future.