As you would expect, Selsey is dominated by the sea and it always has been. It’s a good base for fishermen, home of the famous Selsey Lifeboat Station and has been providing holidaymakers with seaside fun and fresh air for as long as anyone can remember.
Selsey has one of the best beaches in West Sussex. Despite the Selsey area's many attractions, spending a day at the beach is still one of the best things to do in Selsey.
And local delicacy Selsey Crab is well known as 100% certified delicious.
The sea has already claimed part of Selsey way back in early history and the signs are that, in the long run, the sea will get Selsey in the end. Not surprisingly, residents are very worried about this and every big storm brings fresh fears, hurried repairs to sea defences and individual tales of real loss (of money if not, thank goodness, of life).
Selsey is sitting in the firing line of the debate about the extent to which rising sea levels should be resisted - and Selsey has its own specially challenging flood problem to overcome. The sea may get the Maldives first, but it will get Selsey in the end too (and much of central London too in the long run I suppose).
Even Selsey’s biggest fan couldn’t call it pretty, but it has plenty of attractions and a lively atmosphere in summer. There’s a strong sense of community too, although Selsey suffers from more than its fair share of vandalism and a little minor trouble from time to time, when the sunshine, sea air and lager combine in the wrong mixture. But don't let this put you off visiting Selsey - it's a peaceful place and deserves its status as a popular place for a holiday or a day trip.
The sea lapping around Selsey Bill and the sands of Bracklesham Bay are the main attraction. The beaches go on for miles, especially along Bracklesham Bay towards East and West Wittering. Selsey is also convenient for Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve as well as Chichester Harbour.
Other attractive features of the town include Selsey Windmill - Medmerry Mill - and the Selsey Lifeboat Museum and there are plenty of other places to visit near Selsey too, such as Chichester Harbour, the city of Chichester and the South Downs, as well as tourist attractions and fun things to do in the neighbouring villages of East and West Wittering, Earnley and Sidlesham.
The best places to stay near Selsey
- The best places to stay near Selsey, West Sussex
- Selsey Cheap Bed + Breakfast? See where to stay
- Holiday Cottages by Selsey and the Sea in West Sussex
- Self Catering Sussex - recommended accommodation near Selsey
- Caravan Parks near the Seaside
- Selsey and West Wittering Camping - seaside camping holidays
St Wilfrid's Hospice and the Sussex Snowdrop Trust.
Fishbourne to Pagham Harbour.
lifeboat stations on the south coast
cycling - you can get maps of cycle routes from the Manhood Cycle Network site.
- The city of Chichester
- Fishbourne village and Roman Palace
- Bracklesham Bay
- East Wittering
- West Wittering
- The Salterns Way
- Chichester Canal
- Details of sailing clubs around Chichester Harbour
- Sidlesham and Highleigh
- Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve
- Pagham village
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath