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Emsworth, located in the far east of Hampshire, is a picturesque old fishing village nestling on the north end of Chichester harbour, with narrow streets, Georgian houses, walled gardens and a mill pond. The village is popular with sailors, artists and naturalists and its stunning waterside views, makes it an attractive place to visit.
The small town retains an old world charm and has several architectural styles. It’s a great place to walk and browse, with interesting antique shops as well as several independent food shops.
In the Middle Ages Emsworth was a busy port, importing wine for the noble classes. Later the village used tidal power to grind flour and also became known for its oyster beds, boat building, rope making and brewing. The town’s oyster production is no more but you can still follow the Oyster Trail, a historic walk starting at the Emsworth Museum.
The Emsworth Museum in North Street tells the fascinating history of the village, from its most famous resident, P.G. Wodehouse, who incorporated several local names into his books, to the films and oral history recordings made by other local residents.
Pleasure boating is now one of Emsworth's main attractions, along with its art galleries and lovely coastal walks, offering views over Chichester Harbour.
Food and Drink
Anyone visiting Emsworth will find a good selection of restaurants, pubs and cafés to choose from. Restaurants such as 36 on the Quay, overlooking the harbour, and Fat Olives, in a former fisherman’s cottage, have enviable reputations, but there are plenty more welcoming hostelries to choose from.
Emsworth offers top quality B&B and self-catering accommodation and has a wide choice of hotels, campsites and holiday parks nearby.