West Sussex is a paradise for nature lovers and history buffs with more than half the county designated as protected countryside, including a significant share of the recently-formed South Downs National Park. The rolling chalk hills, deep dry valleys and steep scarp slopes provide inspiring scenery for hiking, biking and horse-riding – with many hidden secrets to discover nestled within the hills. West Sussex also boasts an impressive selection of castles, stately homes and other buildings of historical significance to explore. Along the coast, the county also has its share of seaside resorts offering a wide variety of entertainment.
Places to go in West Sussex
Stretching east to west across West Sussex, the South Downs National Park covers a large part of the county and is home to some of its most impressive natural landmarks. The one you will definitely want on your list is Blackdown. The highest point in the national park is an exceptionally tranquil, wild and beautiful place with superb views in all directions. For those of you who fancy something a bit less strenuous, Arundel Wetland Centre and the RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve are both within the national park and make a great day out with family and friends. The national park is also home to many important historic landmarks and heritage sites. The 11th Century Arundel Castle, Bignor Roman Villa and 16th Century Tudor mansion Cowdray are all fascinating to explore. Equally as impressive is the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. Here you can stroll amongst a collection of more than 45 historic buildings dating from the 13th to 19th centuries, set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside.
Our Top Picks in West Sussex
We want you to enjoy the best that West Sussex has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
You don’t have to have children to visit the Harbour Park amusement park in the seaside resort of Littlehampton, but it’s sure to bring out the inner child in everyone who goes there. A trip to the park is guaranteed fun with a whole host of exhilarating rides to choose from. The park dates back to 1932, but has witnessed substantial redevelopment over the years.
If you are at all interested in sport you should make sure you set some time aside to visit Goodwood House and the surrounding Goodwood Estate, one of the finest sporting estates in the world. The estate is home to Goodwood Racecourse, Goodwood Circuit, and the Goodwood Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club. The estate also hosts several events during the year, including the Goodwood Flat Racing Festival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed; the Rolls-Royce Motor Car manufacturing plant is also located on the estate.
Pallant House Gallery
Whether you are an art enthusiast or just looking for a pleasant day out, you should take the opportunity to view one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the UK at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. The gallery features a constantly changing programme of important exhibitions and events, as well as a lovely restaurant serving everything from morning coffees and freshly cooked pastries, to delicious light lunches and evening fare.
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