The old fishing village of Emsworth is at the centre of a fascinating area with Portsmouth and its Historic Dockyard and the new Mary Rose Museum to the West, Chichester, a walled Roman Cathedral City with its famous Festival Theatre, and Goodwood, to the East, the South Downs National Park to the North and Chichester Harbour, an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’, to the South, all within a 10 mile radius.
There is a large variety of restaurants and pubs in the town, providing a excellent range of food from a Michelin Star Restaurant to harbourside cafes.
The Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth, featuring HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the new Mary Rose Museum together with a boat trip around Portsmouth Harbour and all its associated history, makes a day out on its own without even visiting the shopping and restaurants at ‘Gunwharf Quays’ and the spectacular 130 m Spinnaker Tower from which the view of Portsmouth and the Solent is stunning.
About 8 miles away is Goodwood House where the ‘Festival of Speed’ is held each June/July, the Motor Racing Circuit that hosts the ‘Revival Meeting’ in September each year, as well as the Horse Racing featuring ‘Glorious Goodwood’ in July.
Stansted House with its many Shows is only two and a half miles away and the Queen Elizabeth Country Park is just 7 miles up the road.
Chichester, which dates back to Roman times and has a fine Cathedral, is a fascinating city and is the home of the famous Festival Theatre. The Roman Palace at Fishbourne has Britain’s greatest collection of Roman mosaics.
Arundel, with its Castle, Catholic Cathedral, river, ‘Wetland Centre’ and antique shops is also nearby and Uppark and Petworth House National Trust Properties, as well as the ‘Weald and Downland Museum’ at Singleton are also close at hand.
Probably the greatest attraction of the area is Chichester Harbour itself. It is an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and provides idyllic conditions for sailing and many other water sports. The sandy beaches of West Wittering, East Head and Hayling Island and the well managed walks and cycle tracks around the harbour, with its varied wildlife make it an area of ever-changing interest. There are also boat tours of the harbour, starting from Emsworth and Itchenor, including the Solar Powered Boat specially designed for the purpose and ideal for seeing wildlife.
Walking and cycling is endless, either around the harbour or on the South Downs and the variation of wildlife from the Downs to nearby Farlington Marshes and the foreshore makes this area a haven for those interested in bird watching and nature.
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