Guide to Sussex

From the South Downs National Park to bustling Brighton, Sussex is a vibrant region waiting to be explored.

A 7 day ITINERARY for Sussex

Stunning chalk cliffs, bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park and the iconic resort of Brighton. There are so many things to experience on a trip to Sussex that seven days may not be enough!

Something a little different

Spend a day exploring the eclectic mix of historical and urban treasures in Arundel. This bustling town perfectly combines heritage with modern culture and arts. If you’re keen to explore the local art scene, the town is full of galleries and artisan shops. Weekly markets are also a great place to grab a bargain. The Arundel Gallery Trail, part of the annual Arundel Festival, is another outstanding event. With one thousand years of history and an array of independent shops, there’s plenty to explore. Arundel’s varied restaurants, cafes and bars also make it a hotspot for visitors. You’re also not too far from the South Downs to indulge in a walk or cycle.

Brighton

Spend a day in Brighton, the eclectic, unusual and slightly wackier version of London. With outstanding eateries, from burger bars to fine dining restaurants, pubs overlooking the sea and its legendary pier, Brighton is a must-see on your visit to Sussex. Be sure to check out the extraordinary architecture of the Royal Pavilion and other historic buildings such as Preston Manor, Palmeira Mansions and Parham House. Indulge in some retail therapy in the Lanes and wind down in the evening with a drink at one of the city’s many bars.

Top 5 for shopping

  • Brighton
  • Arundel
  • Chichester
  • Hastings
  • Eastbourne

A blend of sand, hills and city

Whether you’re seeking beautiful countryside, golden sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages or a city break, Chichester has it all. This unique city is set at the foot of the South Downs and offers a perfect day out for families, couples or groups. There’s plenty to explore, including Chichester Canal which is perfect for cycling, rowing and fishing. For a beach day, visit the beautiful stretch of sand at West Wittering Beach. Chichester’s stunning architecture reveals many charming historical sites, including Chichester Cathedral. To explore the area on foot, try Kingley Valley or Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.

The best of both worlds in Rye

With rolling countryside stretching to the sea, Rye is a unique area in East Sussex. Once surrounded by sea, this hilltop town offers a spectacular day out. Take a stroll along Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to enjoy the surroundings or walk along the water’s edge at Camber Sands or Winchelsea Beach. Explore the town’s fascinating heritage by visiting Rye Castle, or visit the centre for art galleries, independent shops and outstanding restaurants. Nearby, the picturesque Ouse Valley offers a 150-mile footpath and a spectacular train journey, taking in the sights of rural Sussex.

A family day out

As one of the largest towns in West Sussex, Worthing is a beautiful coastal resort with many attractions. With access to the South Downs National Park, offering opportunities for walking, cycling and exploring, the picturesque town is in an idyllic location. Relax on the beach or explore Worthing’s bustling centre, with many shops, restaurants and cafes. This is the perfect place to spend a family day out or simply explore a traditional Sussex seaside resort.

Top 5 beaches

  • West Wittering, Chichester
  • Eastbourne
  • East beach, Littlehampton
  • Worthing Beach
  • Brighton Beach

Eastbourne and the South Downs

The large seaside resort of Eastbourne can be found 30 minutes from Brighton. Home to the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain, this picturesque village is set in the South Downs National Park, making it an idyllic holiday destination for walkers, cyclists, wildlife spotters and families. Fascinating heritage sites, stunning beaches and a bustling centre combine to create the perfect classic seaside holiday. Take a boat trip to admire the stunning chalk cliffs or stroll along the historic pier.

A royal and literary journey

Steeped in history, the beautiful town of Midhurst takes you back in time in the heart of Sussex. Striking buildings, unique shops and historical attractions line the streets. Wander through the town which inspired authors such as HG Wells, or visit Cowdray, which welcomed Queen Elizabeth the first and King Henry the eighth. In the centre, Midhurst is home to renowned shopping streets such as Red Lion Street and Knockhundred Row, where you’ll discover unique independent shops.

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