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Chichester Ship Canal Trust
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: At the Canal Centre, we offer a wide range of amenities including refreshments, souvenirs, educational and tourist information, boat trips and row boat hire. There is ample seating inside and out. Adjacent to the Centre there is a visitor centre, located in a 19th century stable, refurbished to provide information about the canal and its history
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 11 June 2014

After having spent much of the day in Chichester for lunch and shopping, we wandered down to the Canal Trust to find that the shed where we had previously bought coffee was now a new café, bright and clean and with nice clean toilets, staffed by volunteers. After having a drink we wandered along the canal and under that awful Ring Road that is such a burden when driving. Quiet settled. There is something very special about the English Canals that is hard to define. The Chichester canal is unusual in that it isn't used by hundreds of hire boats, not being connected to the main network, otherwise it is the same. The towpath makes an excellent walkway and when we found a seat we just sat, no where, and wished we had a boat. Lovely walk. Back at the basin we checked up on the offered row boats for another time. Decent little boats for hire at a reasonable price. £6 per half hour plus £4 per half hour thereafter. We were delighted to find them comparatively close to home and will certainly return soon for a quiet row. Boat trips are available for the less energetic. All in all the canal offers a pleasant break from the mundane, but the weather must at least be dry.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

This is such a lovely part of Chichester that we visit time & time again.We park ay Hunston and walk along the canal into Chichester then get the lovely canal boat ride back. Last summer we also hired a rowing boat it was so quintessentially English- such fun too!!! Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

It was my aunties second trip today but my first and I enjoyed seeing all the wildlife and even having a go steering the barge. The shop is good value aswell as the 75 minute barge trip at £7 an adult. It is a nice day out for the kids but whatever the age it is a fun day out.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Lovely walk by the canal - boat trips are very relaxing for young and old.
Hospitality in the newly built cafe is excellent - all volunteers. Pleasant
souvenirs - and a museum to the side now.
Ducks and swans with rowing boats for the brave and well balanced
oarsmen and women.

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

A wonderful experience. Two families with a three year old and two year old, the volunteers are wonderful, so welcoming and friendly. £10pp which included lovely plentiful refreshments and a toy and chocolate bunny for the children and daffodils for the adults. I've been on the Christmas cruise too and this is just as lovely and value for money. A great start to spring. The boat was well kept and immaculately inside. Definitely worth a visit.

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Canal P, Public Relations Manager at Chichester Ship Canal Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2014

Thank you for your lovely comments. Our volunteers have been working hard to improve these special events, as well as maintaining the cruise boats to a good standard - great to hear that their hard work is really appreciated.

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