Whether you’re an artist seeking new galleries to explore or simply want something different to do with the family, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the South Downs National Park.

From some of the best stately home art collections in the country (at Goodwood House!) to hidden galleries and abstract art, we have it all in the South Downs – no matter what your age or interest.

Centurion Way easy access

Explore a 9km flat route along the route of the former Chichester to Midhurst Railway line which finishes at West Dean.

See a working waterwheel power an 18th century beam pump and explore an enchanting riverside heritage site. An exhibition explains the history of Coultershaw – the early use of water power and the installation in 1782 of a pump to…

An image showing the ruins at Cowdray Estate known locally as Cowdray Castle

As a destination, Cowdray Estate offers a range of premium country pursuits, from golf on a Championship course, award winning clay-pigeon shooting, fly fishing on the River Rother, walking in Cowdray Park, cycling, riding, and polo events, to hospitality at Cowdray Farm Shop & Café, accommodation at Cowdray Lodge, wedding venues and the stunning Cowdray House.

Goodwood Motorsport

Goodwood motorcircuit is the only classic circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form, after being lovingly restored. Home of the world-famous Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting, the circuit combines all the nostalgia of the golden era of motorsport with the modern technology of today.

a photo showing a pretty cobbled street in Petworth, West Sussex

Petworth is a quaint, typically English market town within easy reach of London which is famed for its antique shops

a photo showing a stately home with a garden full of daffodils in the foreground

Explore some great West Sussex gardens across Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Arundel and surrounding areas

An image of Newlands House Gallery in Petworth, West Sussex

Visit Newlands House Gallery for leading international modern and contemporary art in the charming market town of Petworth, complete with the Hungry Guest Café located amongst the tranquil gardens. Combining both coffee and culture. Newlands House occupies an 18th century…

The 2021 Petworth Festival 14 - 31 July

Summer Arts Festival and Autumn Literary Week staged at venues in and around the beautiful market town of Petworth. Founded in 1979, the now three week festival annually programmes artists and performers from the very top drawer right across the…

A view of The National Trust's Petworth Park

Petworth House boasts an extraordinary collection of art and sculpture and stunning state rooms, set in beautiful grounds and parklands.

Petworth House & Park Ancient Trees Walk

Discover more about the ancient trees that dominate the skyline of Petworth Park on this circular walk. Marvel at some of the oldest and largest trees in the country and see a 1,000-year-old ancient oak that has survived all the…

There’s nothing quite as English as an afternoon tea complete with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cakes, and a proper cup of tea served in fine bone china.

The Petworth Housekeepers Tour

Petworth House shaped Petworth town, which crowds against its high walls, and the labour of the townspeople kept the house and estate working for centuries. The legacy of the town’s service is all around. For many centuries virtually everyone in…

Walk in the Footsteps of Turner at Petworth House

Stroll around the glassy lake where the artist regularly fished, take in the view revealed in his painting ‘Dewy Morning’ and look out for the flaming yellow and orange foliage of acres, as well as vibrant red oaks and the…

A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 1,000-year period ­ from…

West Dean College

Your creative retreat awaits. West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an internationally recognised art college with a strong craft ethos offering over 800 short courses, from beginner to advanced level and ranging from a day, a weekend or…

An image showing the River Lavant at West Dean Gardens near Chichester

Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, West Dean gardens are a great day out all year round