Chichester’s earliest inns can be traced back to mediaeval times when they catered for pilgrims visiting the shrine of St Richard in the cathedral. Over time they came to serve all types of travellers, who needed rest and food after travelling along the notoriously bad Sussex roads. By the middle of the seventeenth century there were seven inns in Chichester, as well as 50 alehouses, taverns, and other premises that sold drink. Given the population was only 2,000 people at the time, of whom over half were women and children, it can be seen that Chichester was a boozy city and remained so until the beginning of the twentieth century. Today there are only a dozen public houses in the city centre and no inns. Many of the city’s old inns have been converted into restaurants or private accommodation. This trail includes both former as well as current pubs and inns. We begin at the western end of West Street.
Below is an interactive map for Trail 5 covering Inns, Pubs and Hotels. NOTE This digital trail includes additional hostelries as compared with the downloadable trail and therefor may not follow the same route.
To view the map you are recommended to enlarge it by clicking on the four-cornered symbol in the top right hand corner
Start by clicking on the pedestrian symbol at the end of West Street. To follow the guide walk back along West Street Street and follow the orange line and marker number sequence in a cgeneral lockwise direction, clicking on each marker for more information about the building or object. The tour ends where you began, at end of West Street.