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The Great Sussex Way®

For a destination that reflects the very best of what England has to offer, add The Great Sussex Way® to your must-visit list.

Marvel at areas of natural beauty and wildlife that lie amidst stunning countryside and coast, take the opportunity to connect with nature in breathtaking countryside, or discover fascinating cultural and historical heritage.

Indulge in delicious food and drink or choose a diverse range of experiences from water sports to cycling, with plenty more options in between.

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

Petworth

We suggest beginning your discovery in picturesque Petworth, where a warm welcome awaits. This charming town boasts a thriving cultural scene, with a variety of art galleries to enjoy, a concentration of antique shops and a diverse choice of places to eat and drink, as well as delicatessens offering Sussex fayre.

An image showing the market square in Midhurst, West Sussex

Midhurst

From Petworth, a short drive brings you to the vibrant town of Midhurst where a bustling array of independent shops and eateries wait to greet you. The imposing ruins of Cowdray House overlook the town, as part of the Cowdray Estate, home of the UK Polo Gold Cup. At the very heart of the South Downs National Park, numerous walking and cycling trails can be accessed from Midhurst, with the South Downs Way just a few miles south of the town.
Photograph: Christopher Ison

An image of Chichester Cathedral

Chichester

Continue your explorations in Chichester, our historic Cathedral city, with its attractive Georgian streets that boast an eclectic mix of independent stores, high street favourites and eateries offering an assortment of culinary experiences. Discover the story of the city at the Novium Museum or take in some outstanding Modern British Art at Pallant House Gallery. The almost-intact Roman City Walls are a must-walk, and from here enjoy the peaceful oasis’ of some of the city’s often-missed green spaces.

An image of West Wittering beach at sunset

The Coast

No trip here is complete without taking in the stunning coastline – choose from the wild and unspoilt beauty of Chichester Harbour, which can be explored on foot or by bicycle; experience the thrill of water sports, or some traditional bucket and spade family fun, at Bracklesham Bay or the Witterings; immerse yourself in the tranquility of the RSPB reserves of Pagham Harbour or Medmerry; or discover the home of the world-famous Selsey crab, where the fishing fleet bring in the daily catch, and where the long pebbly beach offers stunning sunsets.

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Places to Visit

A view of The National Trust's Petworth Park Petworth House & Park – National Trust

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe, this extraordinary ancestral seat has been created by just one family over 900 years. Designed to display the taste, lifestyle and artistic patronage of generations, the state rooms of Petworth House contain the…

An image of Chichester Cathedral Chichester Cathedral

A trip to the bustling City of Chichester is not complete without a visit to the historic 900 year old Cathedral, a living church whose spire dominates the horizon for miles around. This magnificent Cathedral is Mother Church to the…

The Novium Museum The Novium Museum

Opened in 2012, our award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and has three floors of fantastic exhibitions, telling the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on…

Cowdray Castle on Cowdray Estate Cowdray Estate

The 16,500-acre, family-owned Cowdray estate in the heart of the stunning South Downs National Park is steeped in history and heritage. On the estate you can discover the ruins of one of England’s most important early Tudor houses, explore breath-taking…

Local Events

What's on?

The Novium Museum- Mystery Warrior Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man January 25th April 17th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mystery Warrior: The North Bersted Man exhibition will be the first time that this extraordinary Iron Age Warrior and his burial possessions will be on public display. The exhibition will explore the life, health and death of this fascinating man.…

A Life in Art: The Muriel Wilson Bequest gallery interior A Life in Art: The Muriel Wilson Bequest August 5th November 29th 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

An important early Peter Blake painting is one of the exceptional pieces from the collection of Muriel Wilson. Curator and collector Muriel Wilson helped to introduce British art to the world during the 20th century. Discover works from her collection…

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market October 9th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All stallholders at the Chichester Farmers’ Market are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 miles of Chichester. The majority of stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit,…

Weald & Downland Living Museum Historic Life Weekend: Music- Historic Homes & Harmonies October 16th 12:00 am - 12:00 am

This Historic Life Weekend has a theme of Music – Historic Homes & Harmonies. Come and listen to music played in the different historic homes at the Museum – some traditional melodies or songs, some played on historic instruments, and…

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market October 16th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All stallholders at the Chichester Farmers’ Market are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 miles of Chichester. The majority of stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit,…

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market November 6th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

All stallholders at the Chichester Farmers’ Market are required to grow, rear, bake, and/or preserve all their produce and are based within 50 miles of Chichester. The majority of stallholders are primary producers offering a wide variety of meat, fruit,…