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George and Dragon Inn
George and Dragon Inn

51 North Street, Chichester PO19 1NQ

3.5 out of 5.0

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

£80
Lake Birds Lodge
Lake Birds Lodge

22 Copse View, Chichester PO20 1QH

3.5 out of 5.0

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

£110
The Bosham B&B
The Bosham B&B

The New Boathouse Main Road, Chichester PO18 8EH

3.5 out of 5.0

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

£50
The Dean Ale & Cider House
The Dean Ale & Cider House

West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QX

3.0 out of 5.0

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 …

£80
The Aldwick Rooms & Restaurant
The Aldwick Rooms & Restaurant

25 Princess Avenue, Bognor Regis PO21 2QU

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Picturedrome and within 9 mi (15 km) of Pallant House Galler …

£60
Hilton Avisford Park
Hilton Avisford Park

Yapton Lane, Arundel BN18 0LS

4.0 out of 5.0

Set on 89 park-like acres in the heart of the Sussex countryside, this Walberton, Arundel hotel is 3.2 km (2 mi) from Denmans …

£79
The Jingles
The Jingles

73 & 77 Horndean Road, Emsworth PO10 7PU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (97 reviews)

Situated in Emsworth, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Stanstead House Sussex, Staunton Country Park, and Staunton …

£69
The Elmer
The Elmer

89 Elmer Road, Bognor Regis PO22 6HD

3.0 out of 5.0

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

£65
Derwent House
Derwent House

Climping Street, Littlehampton BN17 5RQ

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Climping, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Littlehampton Golf Club, Look and Sea Visitor Centre, an …

£90
The West Town Inn
The West Town Inn

52 Station Road, Hayling Island

2.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Hayling, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Station Theatre, CBK Hayling Island, and Funland Hayling …

£70
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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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