Chichester Station is a 20 minute walk from the theatre, with regular direct links to London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant. Call 08457 484950 for timetables, restricted services and other details or visit nationalrail.co.uk.
Walking from the station (20 minute walk):
Head out of the main entrance towards The Foundry Pub, walk past the pub with it on your left and walk straight on South Street until you come to The Cross (stone monument) which indicates an intersection of four streets. Continue straight ahead up North Street. At the top of North Street is a ring road, take the pedestrian underpass to North Gate Car Park and continue through the car park to reach the Theatre on the far side.
We encourage patrons and staff to minimise car travel, but recognise that driving to the theatre may be the only available option for some. We have established a partnership with UK social enterprise Ecologi to offer audience members the option to carbon-offset the impact of their journey for £1, at the point of purchasing a ticket. All contributions go directly to Ecologi to support carbon offsetting projects and international tree-planting programmes. Read more about this partnership here.
Chichester is easily accessible by road. The M27 and A27 run along the coast, linking Hampshire, Sussex and Kent. The M3, A3, A29, A259 and A24 connect Portsmouth, Southampton, Mid-Sussex and London. Use the map above for directions to Chichester Festival Theatre. Visit the West Sussex Council website to find out about scheduled roadworks in the local area. If travelling from further afield, please check the relevant local authority website.
Northgate Car Park (PO19 1BL) is a 900-space pay and display car park next to the Theatre which charges from 8am until 8pm Monday - Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays. In addition to cash, contactless and card payments, you can also pay using the MiPermit app - chichester.gov.uk/mipermit
On matinee days Northgate car park can get very busy as it is well placed for city centre shoppers in addition to Theatre patrons. Please allow plenty of time to park and consider alternative car parks in Chichester. You can find more information at chichester.gov.uk/parking.
Please note, Northgate car park currently has reduced capacity due to a section being used as a COVID vaccination and test centre.
Parking for disabled patrons
Blue Badge holders can park anywhere in Northgate Car Park free of charge. There are 9 non-reservable spaces close to the Theatre entrance. Visit Chichester District Council for other available car parks.
There is a 'drop off' area in front of the Festival Theatre which can be accessed from the Broyle Road entrance.
The number 60 operated by Stagecoach stops near the Theatre. Please visit Stagecoach for more information.
The coach drop-off point is outside the Festival Theatre with a coach park in Via Ravenna.
Chichester Festival Theatre is now linked to the city’s cycle lane network and our new bike park accommodates 26 bicycles, located adjacent to the Pimlott Building, just off the Theatre’s access road, off Broyle Road. chichester.gov.uk/cycling
To plan your journey from door to door on public transport visit traveline.info for the quickest route.