About 9 minutes from park
Chichester Marina, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7EJVisit Website
The local waters have thrived since Roman times, with many of the villages surrounding the harbour noted for their archaelogical finds. Nowadays, Chichester Marina is the second largest in England, while the harbour’s wildlife includes large numbers of waders and waterfowl, as well as curlews, snipes, redshanks, seals and water voles. Wildlife spotting is a popular thing to do at the harbour, with the Chichester Harbour Trust dedicated to safeguarding this Site of Special Scientific Interest. Guided walks and crabbing competitions are great for all ages, while the Chichester Harbour Circular makes for a lovely bike ride. As well as delving into the area’s Roman history, which includes an ancient palace, you can also explore the harbour’s maritime heritage in the town of Emsworth. You may choose to hop on a Victorian oyster boat here, while further boat trips are available on the solar-powered catamaran, Solar Heritage.
There are a number of pay and display car parks at a selection of points around the harbour, as well as some free ones too. Many people choose to drive to the area, park up and explore on either foot or bike. If you do arrive by car, the harbour is close to Chichester which lies along the A27 between Portsmouth and Worthing. The A3(M) heads south to this road all the way from London, while you can use the A23 and M23 if you’re coming from the Croydon area. Chichester’s train station is predominantly served by Southern services, although Great Western Railway trains also stop in the city. The harbour can be accessed from other towns and villages along the northern border, including Bosham, Emsworth, Fishbourne, Havant and Warblington. All of these places are served by buses which run along the south coast.
Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big