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Hotels in Selsey

Located at the furthermost tip of the Manhood Peninsula in a vibrant seaside town, Selsey Hotels are surrounded on three sides by the sea and within easy reach of both Portsmouth and Chichester.

History

The history of Selsey can be traced back to the Stone Age. Around the period of 680 AD Selsey was the capital of the Kingdom of Sussex. Much of Selsey's history has been tied to the sea, including the area's notoriety during the 18th century as a hub for smugglers. During this period an underground tunnel ran from the beach to St Wilfrid's Chapel, Church Norton. The church today is a lot smaller than it was during the 18th century due to it being reduced in size during the 1860s.

Also close to Selsey is the Church of St Thomas, which features tombs that date from the medieval period and the grave of the comedian Spike Milligan.

The sea

The Selsey Bill is the main beach area in Selsey and stretches out for three miles at low tide from either side of the headland. For an insight into the history of Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Station, Selsey Lifeboat Station and Museum is an interesting place to spend an hour looking around. Also close to Selsey is Goring Beach, a shingle beach that's popular with wind surfers and internationally recognised for the diversity of its wildlife, and Bracklesham Bay, home to a variety of rare plants.

West Sussex

In the nearby town of Arundel is Arundel Castle, built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. A grand building to behold, the grounds of the castle are a wonderful place for a picnic or a romantic stroll. Another nice place to visit for a walk is Bewbush Water Gardens in the suburb of Crawley.

Further afield

A short journey north from Selsey will take you to Chichester. Here you'll find the majestic Chichester Cathedral and Chichester Museum, full of fascinating exhibitions on the local history of the area. Travel west from Selsey and you'll reach Portsmouth, a major city with a large range of shops, cafés and bars, as well as a regular ferry crossing to The Isle of Wight.

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