Uncover the history and culture of West Sussex - free of charge

From 8th  - 17th September, Heritage Open Days offers you the chance to explore history and culture-rich locations free of charge.


Join guides at Chichester Cathedral to explore works of Hans Feibusch, see behind the scenes at Fishbourne Roman Palace's Collections Discovery Centre where you'll meet the Palace's Curator and Conservators explain their care of archaeological artefacts and collections which aren't on display. Pallant House Gallery will open its doors to allow visitors to learn about the amazing art collection, and inviting families to get creative in art sessions, show and tells and more. Step through the doors of Chichester's atmospheric Guildhall in Priory Park, dating back to the 1270s.


The Petworth Heritage Weekend invites you to explore the majestic Petworth House & Park, and by contrast the fascinating Petworth Cottage - once part of the Leconfield Estate - which recreates cottage life in 1910. Hop aboard a vintage bus (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September) from Petworth's market square bound for Burton Mill, a working watermill which will be flour-milling during the weekend, and Coultershaw Heritage Site, where a historic beam pump, waterwheel and impressive water fountain will contrast with 21st century water turbine will be producing renewable energy.

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In the South Downs

The National Trust's Uppark House & Garden is offering free entry 8th - 17th September - a fantastic opportunity to explore this tranquil 17th century house set in an enviable position within the South Downs, with intimate gardens and woodland and the most incredible views. Find out more about Uppark House & Garden.


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