It combines a beautiful setting next to Chichester Harbour with a vibrant but relaxed atmosphere.
Bosham gets quite busy in summer, but it’s not too crowded.
There’s a lovely and ancient church (which is shown on the Bayeux Tapestry), tea shops (which aren’t), restaurants, sailing clubs and lots of things happening on the water most of the time.
Bosham Walk is an arcade of mainly art and crafts shops which usually attracts plenty of visitors in the summer.
Be careful where you park your car by the way – when the tide comes in it usually inundates the road immediately next to the harbour. You can see the effect on cars in some of the photographs in the nearby Anchor Bleu pub. Although they’re funny, you probably wouldn't laugh if you found your car standing in three feet of water.
Bosham, of course, has long been associated with the story of King Cnut and the incoming tide. It seems fitting that, even today, the story repeats itself once in a while.
It is thought that a skeleton found in the church in 1865 during renovation work is that of Cnut's daughter Gunhilda of Denmark who is supposed to have drowned in Bosham Mill Stream.
Where to stay near Bosham
Bosham Mill stream
There has been a mill at Bosham right back to at least Saxon times, when Bosham was connected with King Cnut and was probably also one of the first footholds of Christianity in Sussex. In all probability the Mill Stream was built by the Romans. Later, King Harold set sail for France from Bosham - and this event is depicted on the Bayeaux Tapestry.
- Our guide to the Cathedral City of Chichester for details of attractions and things to do.
- Birdham - for Chichester Yacht Basin and the Birdham Pool
- Fishbourne village and Roman Palace
- Itchenor - another Chichester Harbour sailing centre
- Chichester Harbour AONB Guide
- Thorney Island
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- Full details of sports clubs in West Sussex
- West Sussex bed and breakfast guide