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Chichester Ship Canal 200th Anniversary visit and Fish & Chip Cruise, Chichester

Event organised by ICE

11 May 2022
11:00 - 14:30 BST (GMT+1)
Chichester Ship Canal Heritage Centre
Canal Basin
Canal Wharf
Chichester, PO19 8DT
United Kingdom

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The Chichester Ship Canal opened in 1822 and 2022 is its 200th Anniversary year

What is known today as the Chichester Ship Canal is in fact part of the former Portsmouth & Arundel Canal. This was opened in 1822 and consisted of a 12-mile canal from Ford on the River Arun to Salterns and a shorter cut from Langstone Harbour to Portsmouth Harbour, connected together by a 13-mile dredged ‘bargeway’ through the natural harbours and channels between them.

John Rennie, Snr. FRS FRSE (1761 – 1822), was the Surveyor and Engineer for the Chichester Canal. One of his greatest achievements included the Kennet and Avon Canal involving 70 locks.

The South Region Retired Members Group are pleased to invite you to join this exclusive ICE visit to the Chichester Ship Canal.

Our visit will begin at the Heritage Centre, Chichester Canal Basin at 11.00 with a talk on the history of the canal by Alan H J Green, a local historian and retired Civil Engineer.

The party will then join Richmond, the Canal Trust’s 32 seat trip boat for a Fish and Chip Cruise down the remaining navigable section of the Canal, a trip of approximately 2 hours during which you will enjoy a lunch from Chichester’s own award-winning LA Fish, your boat trip includes a generous meal of Fish and Chips (other options may be available) as well as a glass of wine, real ale or fruit juice. Additional wine or beer is available to buy separately should you wish.

Alan Green will join us on the cruise to be on hand to answer any questions. The cruise will stop briefly at Hunston to allow for photo opportunities of the famous view of Chichester Cathedral, painted by JMW Turner c1828.

Our Cruise will finish at approximately 14.30, the canal basin is only 10 minutes walk from the historic centre of Chichester with its beautiful cathedral, shops, Georgian buildings and Roman walls so why not finish your day with a visit or take a stroll on the canal tow path.

The total cost of this unique event is £22.00 per person including the cruise, Fish and Chip Lunch and a glass of wine, real ale or fruit juice. The event is limited to a maximum of 32 people.



By foot from the City Centre walk down South Street and cross the level crossing – the Canal Basin is only one minute south of the Bus & Rail Stations.

The entrance to the Canal Basin is on Canal Wharf between the Richmond pub and the Canal Basin.


If you are coming by car, there are several public car parks close by. There is restricted parking in Canal Wharf Road. There is limited free parking at the Canal Basin adjacent to the Canal Centre that is reserved for visitors to the canal. Otherwise the nearest car parks are the Westgate Centre (259 spaces) or Basin Road (115 spaces).

For more information please contact:

Rose Creasey