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Sandwiched between the English Channel and the South Downs, this prosperous cathedral city is a fine blend of historic buildings and modern sophistication. The medieval city walls are built on Roman foundations, the cathedral dates from the 11th century, and there’s an elaborate 14th-century market cross. However, Chichester is best known for its annual three-week arts and music festival held every July, and Chichester Festival Theatre is considered one of the country’s flagship theatres. Another July festival, the Chichester RAJF (Real Ale and Jazz Festival), is a four-day celebration of music and real ale held in tents beside the 13th-century Guildhall in Priory Park. Art lovers enjoy Pallant House Gallery’s collection of 20th-century British art, while Chichester Harbour is a magnate for the sailing community. Restaurants in Chichester are generally informal in style, along the lines of Little London Café or Amelie and Friends, an unpretentious all-day eatery, but Comme Ca delivers old-fashioned French formality.