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George and Dragon Inn
George and Dragon Inn

51 North Street, Chichester PO19 1NQ

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (234 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Chichester Guildhall Museum, Chichester Cathedral, and Pallant …

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Chichester Park Hotel
Chichester Park Hotel

Madgwick Lane, Westhampnett Road, Chichester PO19 7QL

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Goodwood Motor Circuit, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester …

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The Chichester Inn
The Chichester Inn

38 West Street, Chichester PO19 1RP

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (63 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Bishop's Palace Gardens and Chichester Cathedral. Pallant House …

£80
The Dean Ale & Cider House
The Dean Ale & Cider House

West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (115 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from West Dean Gardens and 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Weald and Downland Open …

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The Brookfield Hotel
The Brookfield Hotel

Havant Road, Hampshire, Emsworth PO10 7LF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Located in Chichester Harbour, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Northney Marina and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Staunton Country …

£59
The Old Store Guest House
The Old Store Guest House

Stane Street, Chichester PO18 0QL

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Boxgrove, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Goodwood Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tangmere …

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The Fox Goes Free
The Fox Goes Free

Charlton, Chichester PO18 0HU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (115 reviews)

Located in Charlton, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Dean Gardens, and Goodwood …

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The Nags Head
The Nags Head

3 St. Pancras, Chichester PO19 7SJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (114 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Chapel, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester …

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Amberley Castle
Amberley Castle

Nr Arundel, Arundel BN18 9LT

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (45 reviews)

Located in Amberley, this historic hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Amberley Working Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Parham Hous …

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Best Western Beachcroft Hotel
Best Western Beachcroft Hotel

Clyde Road, Bognor Regis PO22 7AH

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (94 reviews)

Located in Felpham, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Picturedrome and within 6 mi (10 km) of Barnham Windmill and …

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Pocket Guide: Chichester Chichester Castle Hotels

All that remains of Chichester Castle in Priory Park is the motte, which is now protected as a Scheduled Monument. The remains are in the north east corner of the city by the city wall and are often overlooked by visitors to Chichester. Nevertheless it is still a site of great historical importance and well worth a visit if you're staying in a hotel in West Sussex. Chichester Castle was built in the 11th Century by the Earl d'Alencon at the behest of the 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, Roger de Montgomery. Originally the castle was located in the Roman controlled corner of England known as Regnum when the Romans defeated the South Saxons. Today the remains stand in one of the most tranquil parts of the county, close to many hotels and B&Bs.

History of Chichester Castle

Chichester Castle was built at the height of the Norman Conquest and was one of 11 fortified sites to be built before 1100 in the area now known as Sussex. It also overlooked the Rape of Chichester, an administrative unit and subdivision of Sussex. Chichester Castle was of the motte and bailey type, made from timber and protected by the city walls. After it was built, the Earls of the neighbouring rape of Arundel took possession of it before it was then occupied by the forces of Prince Louis in the 1215-1217 First Barons War. Prince Louis had been encouraged to take the English Crown by those who vehemently opposed King John and his violent rule. However, Prince Louis was defeated at the Battle of Lincoln in 1217 and he went back to France. King John then ordered Chichester Castle to be destroyed but instead it was used as a prison before being given to the Greyfriars order in 1269. The Greyfriars established a friary there, which still remains, and stayed there until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538.

Visiting Chichester Castle

Today the site of Chichester Castle and its surroundings makes an interesting and pleasant day out. If you're visiting or staying in one of the many luxury hotels or B&Bs in the gorgeous cathedral city of Chichester, why not head out to Priory Park and reflect on the turbulent past of the area?

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