Anybody visiting Chichester Cathedral shouldn’t miss this beautiful green haven hidden away in the corner! This is a very traditional English cottage style garden which is difficult to find these days. Its simply beautiful! There are plenty of seats among the flower beds and the green patches to sit and enjoy the singing of birds, reading a book or just having some quiet time away from all the buzzing of life! At the time we visited, the flowers were only started to bloom, so I can imagine it will look really colourful in Summer!
Address to the Cathedral: West street, PO19 1RP, Chichester, West Sussex.
I parked in West street which was quite close to the cathedral. We visited the cathedral on a Sunday evening, it was fairly quiet hence no trouble finding a parking space. I suppose the city can get really busy during peak times and you might have to park in various short stay car parks few streets down the cathedral. This post is mainly about the ‘City Walls Walk’ and the ‘Bishops Palace Garden’ just around the corner of the cathedral.
Entry: Entry to the garden is free
Bishops Palace Gardens –Everyday 8am-dusk
City Walls Walk – Open all day (Note that Cathedral close at 7 pm in Summer and 6 pm in Winter so if you are here in the evening, visit the cathedral first before you head to the gardens). I picked a city map from next to a parking machine and it was very useful (pictured below). I highly recommend to grab one of these if you see any.
How to access the Garden and City Wall: I found two ways to enter the garden. If you are already inside the cathedral, it can be accessed through the Cannon Gate from Canon Lane off South Street.
How to access the Garden and City Wall:If you are in the city and walked through the old market, you might come around to Deanery Close and that’s where the beginning of Walls Walk. You will be able to see the City Wall through the bushes (see pic below) on the other side of a tiny creek. This Walk will eventually end up in Avenue de Chartres road and you will be able to see the City Wall much closer. Bishops Palace Gardens situates on the other side of the wall. So walk through the Avenue de Chartres road towards the direction of West street and you will see a small alley which is the entrance to the Garden. Follow my photo map below!
And some pics of the Walk and the Garden below…