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Famed for being the sunniest county in the UK, who wouldn’t want to visit West Sussex? With an average of 1,902 hours of sunshine per year, this county is your best bet for enjoying a bit of British sunshine!
West Sussex is great for many other reasons too! The South Downs National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, runs throughout the West Sussex region, providing beautiful landscapes abundant in wildlife. It offers great opportunities for keen walkers and cyclists and was awarded National Park status in 2011.
It is steeped in history and the City of Chichester, along with the towns of Arundel, Worthing, Horsham, Crawley, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Midhurst and Petworth fall within its borders. Chichester Cathedral dates back almost a thousand years and the building of Arundel Castle commenced in 1067. Following damage during the English Civil War, it was restored in the 18th and 19th centuries.
As a coastal county, West Sussex also boasts some fantastic beaches. West Wittering beach is absolutely stunning and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled upon a mediterranean haven on a sunny summer’s day there. Visitors flock to the area during the summer months to enjoy the 0.6 miles of white sandy beachline.
For savoury foodies, West Sussex is a haven! Known for its seafood thanks to its south coast location, spring is great for scallops, whilst summer is prime time for Sussex’s famous brown crab, European lobsters and bream. Some fish, such as sole, gurnard and sole are available all year round, whilst sea bass and brill are fished in the autumn.
The county is also known for its pies - Turner’s Pies was established in 1933 and is still going strong today. With stores in Chichester, Rustington, Bognor Regis and Broadwater, this family-run business was awarded Supreme Champion at the 2020 British Pie Awards with their Steak & Stilton Pie being crowned the Pie of Pies!
5 great West Sussex locations…
Chichester is a city with a rich history and many great attractions. The Cathedral is stunning; its unique architecture and mediaeval features make it well worth a visit. Fishbourne Roman Palace is the largest Roman home in Britain, with the earliest gardens found anywhere in the country. Chichester Festival Theatre is renowned for its exceptionally high-standard productions and its bold stage design makes it one of England’s most striking playhouses. For outdoor activities, West Dean Gardens, Kingley Vale and Bishop’s Palace Gardens all offer a mixture of culture and nature.
Famous for its Georgian buildings, Arundel is another West Sussex location filled with history and culture. Its quaint streets and community feel make it a great place to visit and its array of pubs, cafes and restaurants are well-known in the area. Arundel Castle and Gardens is beautiful inside and out and offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy a bit of history as well as stunning landscaped grounds. Arundel Cathedral, also known as St Philips is a work of architectural grandeur and an impressive landmark in the West Sussex countryside. Home to a collection of over 50 species of wildfowl from all over the world, the WWT Wetland Centre makes a great family day out. Or to enjoy a lovely stroll and perhaps tea and cake in the tearooms, Swanbourne Lake, within the 1,000-acre Arundel Park is the perfect choice.
Petworth House and Park is a 17th-century mansion filled with an array of internationally-important works of art and sculptures. The 700-acre park is one of the finest surviving and unspoilt examples of an English landscape. Petworth has a strong focus on antiques and art galleries so if this is your type of thing, check out the various options on offer and make a beeline for Petworth Antiques Market, which is open 7 days a week. Galleries of note include the Forest Gallery, Kevis House Gallery and The Dragon Gallery.
Its seaside location makes it an ideal place for families after beach fun and its Butlins resort is popular too! If you have kids, Butlins offers a great day out with its swimming pools, funfair, Little Tikes Town, soft play, messy play and tots football just a few of the activities included in the price. For a more relaxed day out, you can enjoy Hotham Park, with its beautiful grounds ideal for picnicking, Alice in Wonderland Theme, adventure playground, boating lake, adventure golf and cafe. Bognor Regis Museum, Marine Park Gardens and Pagham Beach are some of the other great places to visit in Pagham.
If you can stay in West Wittering or nearby, it’s a great place to be. The beaches at West Wittering and East Head are amazing. West Wittering offers beautiful golden sands and calm seas, whilst East Head is a natural haven. High water quality and excellent facilities have made West Wittering Beach one of the best beaches in the country. It's ideal for paddle boarding and kayaking, and perfect for strolls. The cafe is dog-friendly and offers drinks and snacks between 9am and 4pm daily. Nearby locations include Selsey, Pagham and Chichester for other things to do.
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