The South Downs National Park is brimming with history and heritage. From Roman history to aviation heritage at Goodwood, we have it all here. Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend away with a twist, or something educational but fun for the family, you’ll be sure to find it in the South Downs.

a miniature railway train

Travel back in time and experience the South’s industrial and rural heritage for a unique day out in West Sussex. With over 40 different exhibits to discover, from transport to industry to communications there is something for all ages and…

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…

Goodwood Aerodrome

If you’re looking for great flying experiences in Sussex, to learn to fly or to simply admire vintage aircraft, Goodwood Aerodrome is the place to go. Home to Goodwood Flying School and the Goodwood Aerodrome Café, you can while away the hours surrounded in all thing’s aviation.

Goodwood Racecourse

There’s so much great horseracing to be experienced at Goodwood racecourse. With 19 unique Goodwood race days taking place throughout the season, including the Qatar Goodwood Festival, there’s something for everyone.

Midhurst Museum

The Midhurst Museum, possibly the smallest museum in the world, opened its doors in Knockhundred Market, Midhurst in December 2011 at the Christmas Street Party. At 8’ 6’’ by 8’ 6’’ space is limited so we change the theme of…

Moonlight Cottage Cocking and West Dean Woods Trail

A 7.5 mile circular walk from Cocking, West Sussex in the heart of the South Downs. The walking route heads south, climbing steeply to reach the South Downs Way and then follows this ridge-top path west to perform a circuit…

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.

Pulborough to Petworth

Walk across the Arun Valley and Greensand Hills from Pulborough to the attractive market town of Petworth, with one of the National Trust’s finest properties.

An image of people and a dog walking toward the Cowdray Ruins in Midhurst West Sussex, part of the Cowdray Estate

The ruins at Cowdray Estate, often referred to as Cowdray Castle, are the remains of one of the country’s most important Tudor houses

sheep in fields along the South Downs Way

The 160km South Downs Way runs right across the Chichester District, offering great walking and cycling opportunities.

A photo showing a view from The Trundle near Chichester West Sussex

The Trundle (or St Roche’s Hill to give it its official name) is located near Chichester and can be accessed using these South Downs National Park walking trails from Lavant, West Dean or Singleton. The name The Trundle comes from…

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…