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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 (111 reviews)

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

£69
The Cottage
The Cottage

22B Westhampnett Road, Chichester PO19 7HW

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chichester, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of St John's Chapel, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester …

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Lake Birds Lodge
Lake Birds Lodge

22 Copse View, Chichester PO20 1QH

3.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (1 reviews)

Situated in Chichester, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of St John's Chapel, Pallant House Gallery, and Chichester …

£120
The Bosham B&B
The Bosham B&B

The New Boathouse Main Road, Chichester PO18 8EH

3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Located in Bosham, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester Cathedral, and Pallant …

£65
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 (112 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 Swan Guest House
The Swan Guest House

17 Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis PO21 2QB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (128 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Picturedrome and within 9 mi (15 km) of Chichester Cathedral …

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Millers House
Millers House

8 New Brighton Road, Emsworth PO10 7PS

3.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (57 reviews)

Situated in Emsworth, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Stansted Park, Staunton Country Park, and Staunton Park …

£79
The Elmer
The Elmer

89 Elmer Road, Bognor Regis PO22 6HD

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (121 reviews)

Situated in Bognor Regis, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Barnham Windmill, Picturedrome, and Littlehampton Golf Club. …

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St Marys Gate Inn
St Marys Gate Inn

London Road, Arundel BN18 9BA

2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (109 reviews)

Situated in Arundel, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Arundel Cathedral and Arundel Castle and Gardens. Arundel Wildfow …

£75
Norfolk Arms Hotel
Norfolk Arms Hotel

High Street, Arundel BN18 9AD

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (163 reviews)

Located in the heart of Arundel, this hotel is steps from Arundel Jailhouse and Arundel Castle and Gardens. Arundel Wildfow …

£57
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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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