The pleasant little coastal village of Bosham (pronounced 'Bozzom') is one of the loveliest waterfront villages in Sussex, sheltered within a tidal creek of Chichester Harbour.

Bosham at high tide
Bosham Village at High Tide © Rob Farrow - CCL

This picturesque village, where closely packed thatched and tile-hung cottages surround a village green, is loved by both yachtsmen and artists.

Bosham is renowned as the place where King Canute is said to have ordered back the waves. A child's coffin, discovered in 1865 below the floor of the church of the Holy Trinity, is believed to be the daughter of this Danish king. It is claimed that Quay Meadow (now a National Trust property) is where King Canute staged his confrontation with the tide.

King Harold is said to have sailed from these shores before the Norman invasion of 1066, to visit the Duke William of Normandy. It is also believed that he prayed in the church here before the Battle of Hastings. The church is displayed on panel of the Bayeux Tapestry and has one of finest Saxon chancel arches in Britain.

Be careful where you park here as vehicles have been known to get submerged at high tide! Known locally as the Bosham car wash.

Map of Bosham

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Towns and Villages in Sussex

Arundel, Battle, Brighton, Bosham, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings, Haywards Heath Horsham, Lewes, Shoreham-by-Sea, Worthing

Attractions in Sussex

East Sussex: Alfriston Clergy House | Llama Park | Bateman's | Battle Abbey | Bluebell Railway | Bodiam Castle | Drusillas Park | Pevensey Castle | Sea Life Centre | Sheffield Park Garden
West Sussex: | Amberley Working Museum | Arundel Castle | Bignor Roman Villa | Bramber Castle | Denmans Garden | Fishbourne Roman Palace | Goodwood House | Leonardslee | Nymans Garden | Parham House | Petworth House | Standen | Wakehurst Place | Weald & Downland

Please note that the museums, historic houses and attractions listed on this site may be currently closed due to Government Guidelines. Please check the attraction's own website for details of closure/opening times.


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