Chichester Ship Canal Trust

Chichester Ship Canal Trust

Chichester Ship Canal Trust
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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
Chichester, West Sussex, England

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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(32 reviews)
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Steve R
Edwinstowe, UK180 contributions
Jun 2022
Booked the 1h15 trip - a very relaxing and informative trip down this historic canal - beautiful flora and fauna to be seen, plus a great view of Chichester Cathedral (similar to the view painted by Turner). This service is operated by very knowledgable volunteers, and the craft are of excellent quality. The café, operated by the same Trust, and adjacent to the embarcation point, had tasty and reasonably-priced snacks.
Written June 16, 2022
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Lorraine. Southampton
7 contributions
Aug 2021
A lovely start to the day in Chichester with friends. We went on the 1015 sailing and it was really relaxing, peaceful and calm on board.
Loved seeing a part of Chichester that we have never explored before. The staff at the cafe and ticket office were friendly, as were the gents on board taking the trip.
It was great to see the wildlife along the canal, wave to the walkers and cyclists on the canal path and watch the paddleboarders and small rowing boat move out of our way as we peacefully passed them.
At £8 per person for a 75 minute trip, we thought this was affordable and value for money.
Parking was free at the canal cafe for the duration of the visit/trip. This was a bonus. Thank you.
Written August 17, 2021
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SarahinChi
1 contribution
Oct 2022
Having done the boat trips many times in the past my parents decided that this was what they would like to do for their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and have a light lunch in the cafe afterwards. I had contacted the office of the Canal Trust just before the trip to ask if they could put my flowers and a balloon on a reserved table while we were out on the boat for a nice surprise when we go back and they kindly agreed to do this. They absolutely went above and beyond, having thoroughly enjoyed the gentle relaxing trip on the boat and the friendly boat "pilot", we went into the cafe to find that as well as putting the flowers and balloon on the table they had reserved the window table for us, put up bunting and prosecco in an ice bucket and a lovely card from the Canal staff. My parents were absolutely made up, as was I, so thoughtful. We were delighted and can highly recommend the canal for a special family event. I hope people realise that this is run by volunteers and they obviously take great pride in providing a good service.
Written October 27, 2022
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Roni
4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Lady booking the boats was discriminatory to my name - after spelling it twice to her still began to type it differently stating it’s “different” with a chuckle. Asked to see my ID twice - inspecting every single part as if she didn’t believe I had a British driving license. Was given two mismatched ores which made it harder due to in equilibrium
Written July 24, 2022
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Shirley H
Godalming, UK12 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
A lovely leisurely trip down the canal in The Richmond with a cream tea included. We stopped along the way and walked over the bridge to see the view painted by Turner with Chichester Catheral in the distance. All the people operating the boat and serving tea are all volunteers. Very nice people.
Written August 16, 2022
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Denize G
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
A treat for our Mum for Mother's day. Pleasant surprise at the afternoon tea and prosseco provided , the tables had been decorated with pretty tablecloths, napkins and little flower pots. The crew were warm, friendly and knowledgeable. When we got off the all the mum's who were on the trip we're given a beautiful glass trinket that one of the volunteers had made. A lovely afternoon and our Mum had a wonderful time .
Written March 27, 2022
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Sheila T
London, UK12 contributions
Apr 2022
This was a lovely relaxing cruise along the part of the Chichester Ship Canal that is still navigable. The two volunteer crew were very knowledgeable and friendly. You'll see lots of ducks, coots, waterhen and swans, even kingfishers if you are lucky - some of the coots and waterhen already had little ones, very cute in all their fluff. The little cafe is a nice spot by the canal basin to get a lunchtime snack or a coffee.
Written April 14, 2022
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
Oct 2020
Only a short walk from the railway station, the Canal and the Trust Centre is a haven not to be missed. Whilst we did not take a canal river trip, the information centre and cafe were a delight in the autumn sunshine. We did walk a mile or more along the towpath and then sat watching the Canal and the passing bird life both in the air and on the water. Not to be missed.
Written October 19, 2020
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Very many thanks for your kind feedback. The Canal is truly beautiful at most times of the year, but especially when bathed in Autumn sunshine. Please tell your friends and family to visit us and follow us on social media.
Written October 20, 2020
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KTP310
Reading, UK826 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the Kingfisher, which is a small boat, holding approximately 16 people, with huge windows all around. We left from the canal basin and were soon heading along the very scenic and peaceful canal. The boat was staffed by lovely volunteers and our skipper gave us lots of interesting information. The one hour and 15 minutes trip was excellent value for money. Upon our return we visited the Canal Cafe and enjoyed very good coffee and cakes, again served by lovely volunteers.
Written March 27, 2022
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Bob
Bury St. Edmunds, UK6 contributions
Sep 2020
Enjoyed our trip on this lovely picturesque canal the crew were very helpful with information etc covid precautions were in force but that did not affect our trip. There were six of us on the boat plenty of room to observe the wildlife,fishing etc.
We stopped off at the cafe before our trip cannot fault the service and cake we had so pleased to have supported this trust. A Popular little venue although parking was somewhat restricted but we managed.
Written September 27, 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind feedback. Tricky times at the moment but we are doing our very best to ensure our customers enjoy the Canal.
Written September 29, 2020
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