Places to visit in West Sussex

It's easy to unwind amidst West Sussex's fairy tale castles, glorious stately homes and rolling downs. Meet William the Conqueror and Dukes of Norfolk on Arundel Castle’s ramparts or mingle with the motoring and racing crowd at country house estates. If you are looking for things to do in West Sussex, think champagne, strawberries and extreme millinery. Get active on the South Downs National Park bridleways, cycling and walking trails that cut through scenic river valleys and ancient woodlands. Fill your lungs with fresh English-Channel air on the beach at quintessentially English coastal towns like The Witterings, Worthing and Shoreham. Or discover local stories and foodie gems in West Sussex’s county town of Chichester.

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Discover the Witterings on a coastal break

Spot multi-coloured sailing boats, follow your nose in fudge shops and snuggle down in cosy pubs on a visit to The Witterings.

Location: Witterings, West Sussex

Explore the Historic Restored Gardens at West Dean

Escape to West Dean Gardens and explore the autumnal colours of the Arboretum, Pergola, Kitchen Gardens and orchard and award-winning Sunken Garden.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

November events: Start your shopping at the Weald and Downland Christmas Market

Find the perfect gift and enjoy a great day out at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Explore Arundel’s rich history and heritage with re-enactments and family fun-days at Arundel Castle.

Location: Arundel, West Sussex

Experience England at its most glorious

Enjoy a quintessential English break exploring the grounds of the grand Goodwood Estate and grounds.

Location: Goodwood, Sussex

Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Take park in this celebration of gourds and squashes, including an unusual form of pumpkin art, within a National Trust village in West Sussex.

Location: Slindon, nr Arundel, West Sussex

Spa by the sea at Climping’s Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa

Relax and unwind in the tranquil coastal setting of Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in Climping.

Location: Littlehampton, West Sussex

Mother and son walking on the beach in the West Witterings

Top things to do on a short break in West Sussex

With a variety of vineyards and a whopping 50 miles of coastline to explore, it doesn't get much better than West Sussex.

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Visit the UK's longest bench in Littlehampton

Discover the unique architecture along the Sussex coast, including the UK's longest bench.

Location: Littlehampton, West Sussex

Colourful Sussex produce at Steyning Food Festival

September events: Celebrate local produce at Steyning's Food & Drink Festival

Every year in September and October, the market town of Steyning and its surrounding villages come alive with a busy programme of food and drink events and experiences.

Location: Steyning

Walk the South Downs Way

At 100 miles long and stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne, the South Downs Way boasts some of England's most impressive coastal scenery.

Location: Winchester to Eastbourne

Discover one of the largest textile collections in England

Known locally as 'the jewel in Worthing's crown', Worthing Museum & Art Gallery is much more than meets the eye.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

Amberley Castle

A romantic castle filled with four-poster beds, open fireplaces and Whirlpool bathrooms.

Location: Amberley, West Sussex

Catch a musical at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Enjoy Broadway classics at one of England’s flagship theatres.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

Have a great British seaside break at Butlin's Bognor Regis

Famous for long sunshine hours, royal visits and Billy Butlin, the seaside town of Bognor Regis, on the border of the South Downs National Park, is the perfect destination for a family-friendly short break.

Location: Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Discover Worthing's local art scene

Splash Point's converted beach chalet studios put art & culture right on the beach.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

Taste Tudor fare at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, home to over 50 historic building exhibits, demonstrates how barley and hops are transformed into ale and beer.

Location: Singleton, Nr Chichester, West Sussex

Take a trip to the theatre in Worthing

Worthing’s four distinctive venues bring an ever changing combination of nostalgic and cutting edge theatre.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

Explore historical Worthing with four Heritage Trails

Discover the historical delights of a Victorian seaside town with very traditional beginnings.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

Explore Nymans estate

Commanding great views from atop the rolling hills of Sussex, Nymans stands proud as one of Britain’s top gardens.

Location: Haywards Heath, Sussex

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