The Chichester Ship Canal is a leisure waterway linking historic Chichester to the sea. The canal runs 4 miles from the Basin to the Harbour at Birdham and, today, the 2 miles as far as Donnington is navigable. It is managed by the Chichester Ship Canal Trust.
At its head is the Canal Cafe, one of the most beautiful locations in the city centre to relax and enjoy some refreshment. Much of our produce is sourced from local companies, including Caroline’s Dairy, Auntie Val’s preserves and honey from Fishbourne Apiaries. There is ample indoor and outdoor seating, both of which offer outstanding views of the activities in the Basin.
Adjacent to the cafe is the Heritage Centre. This is located in a 19th-century old stable which has been refurbished to provide information about the canal and its history. Canal users and local schools appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the canal and view artefacts recovered during excavation works.