Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully you will find all that you are looking for on this website. If you are struggling here are some frequently asked questions.

  • Where is Selsey, how can I get there?

Selsey is a small town in West Sussex south of Chichester, nestled between the South Downs and the sea. It can be reached via the B2145 road which links to the A27 in Chichester.

This road is the only route so getting to Selsey could not be easier. Set your Sat Nav to PO20 0SZ for East Beach carpark or to PO20 0BH for a Town Centre Car Park.

From Chichester you can also catch the Stagecoach Number 51 bus which runs regularly both during the week and at weekends.

Selsey lies 7 miles to the south of Chichester as the crow flies, 8.6 miles by road.

  • Is Selsey dog friendly?


There are two designated dog walking areas in Selsey, in Manor Green Park and Hillfield Park. These have a fenced and gated area so you can let your furry friends run free with no concerns.

Please be mindful of other dog owners at all times and remember to pick up after your pet.

Dog restrictions are in place between groynes E26 and E33 between 1st May and 30th September each year and dogs must be held on a lead while walking the sea wall.

  • Is there a sandy beach in Selsey?


Selsey is the closest sandy beach to Chichester and saves the traffic queue to nearby West Wittering.

When the tide is out, Oval Field Beach reveals a glorious stretch of sand, perfect for bare foot paddling, sandcastle building or simply leaving footprints behind as you stroll.

Although there is no car park in this area, there is as bus stop very close by or the beach can be included in a lovely walk around Selsey - our Bucket and Spade Parade

  • What can I do in Selsey?

There is so much to see and do in Selsey.

If you would like a day on the beach, visit our beaches page to see which one you would prefer.

For nature lovers, there are two RSPB Nature Reserves to explore and enjoy and simply bask in the tranquility.

If history is your thing, why not discover Selsey's History of Service on a walk specifically designed for this purpose. Or visit out Heritage page for information on such topics as the fishing heritage of the town, the history of the RNLI Lifeboat Station or famous resident Sir Patrick Moore

For wildlife enthusiasts, learn more about our wonderful flora and fauna, from our marine ecology to our population of citically endangered Water Voles.

For individual events, check out our What's On pages.

  • Is there a pub/restaurant near the sea?

Everywhere in Selsey is near the sea! Please visit our Eat and Drink page for more information.

  • Where can I buy fresh fish in Selsey?

Whether it is to take home to cook yourself, or served to you in one of our friendly eateries, there are plenty of places to buy fresh seafood in Selsey including the internationally renowned Selsey Crab.

Julies Fresh Fish, D&D Fisheries and Selsey Willows Seafood are all local suppliers whilst some of the local pubs and restuarants serve the local catches so it's as fresh as it can be. Visit our Eat and Drink pages for full details.

  • Where can I stay in Selsey?

From cosy bed and breakfasts and pub stays to a completely unique converted railway cottage, the choice of holiday accommodation in Selsey varies greatly. Visit our accommodation pages for more details.

  • Can I dive in Selsey?

Selsey is a top UK dive destination with an SSI Diamond Dive Centre providing training, equipment and guided dive experiences located at East Beach. With a vertical blue clay cliff, the Mixon Hole, for the best in scenic diving to wrecks from the First and Second World War, Selsey makes an excellent destination for experienced and novice divers alike. Visit our dive page and it's associated links for more information.

  • Where can I fish in Selsey?

Selsey is a popular destination for Sea Anglers with a wide selection of fish including mackeral and bass to make your trip worthwhile. Visit our fishing page for further details.

  • Where are the public toilets in Selsey?

Selsey has four sets of public toilets, spaced around the town. These are available at:

  • Warners Yard - opposite the large Co-Op (PO20 0QJ)
  • Hillfield Road (PO20 0LB)
  • East Beach (PO20 0SZ)
  • By the Lifeboat Stattion (PO20 0DL)

  • What are the Coastal Byelaws in Selsey?

There are several byelaws in place along the Selsey coastine and these include but are not limited to:

  • Jetskis are banned from launcing from all Council owned slipways, these include the slipway at East Beach and Marine Beach. If jetskis are launched from other areas, they are obliged to stick within the 8 knot speed limit within 300 yards of mean low water.
  • Well controlled barbecues are permitted all along the council run beach from Shore Road in East Wittering to Park Copse in Selsey. Please keep these barbeques at a minimum of two meters away from wooden groynes and a minimum of five meters away from any private property fronting the beach. Check the weather prior to your barbeque and think about the wind direction. Before lighting your barbecue, please also plan how you will dispose of it. If you are going to be on the beach all day then it may have a chance to cool down naturally but if you only plan to be on the beach for a couple of hours then you need to ensure your equipment is fully cool before taking it home and disposing of it. Please don't bury any disposable barbecues under the shingle as this can lead to burns from someone walking over the hot waste and the foil used can harm people or wildlife. 
  • For a full list of all of the byelaws on Selsey's beaches, please visit Chichester District Council's Coastal Recreation Page.
  • Follow the Foreshores Code of Conduct to ensure all beach users enjoy their day.